Vivandieres, sometimes known as cantinieres, were women who followed the army to provide support for the troops. Ideally, a vivandiere would have been a young woman—the daughter of an officer or wife of a non-commissioned officer—who wore a uniform and braved battles to provide care for wounded soldiers on the battlefield.
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Over the course of the American Revolution, thousands of women, many with children, and throngs of civilian men trailed after the combating armies. Known collectively as camp followers, these men and women made up a people’s army encompassing civilians as well as soldiers. Acknowledging their presence expands our image of the Continental Army and our understanding of civilian contributions to waging the Revolution’s war.