Mistress Kay Martz, Chief of Distaff
Mistress Joyce Bucci
Mistress Kim Otto
Mistress Kelly Perine
Mistress Mara Riley
Sutler Scott Baylor
Master James Fenton
Mistress Annette Beamsderfer
Mistress Nancy Slease
is a camp follower?
camp follower, contrary to popular belief, does not identify women
of "ill repute." Although there were nearly always some
women of that type who followed armies or solicited "business"
in a fort, the practice was generally highly discouraged by commanding
officers. These women were usually thrown out of the baggage train
or out of the fort. A
camp follower may be a woman, a man, or a child.
female camp follower may have been forced to follow her husband
in the army due to certain circumstances. Perhaps there is no one
to help her on the family farm, or to protect her from marauders.
Perhaps she is a widow who is following her son to try to watch
over him, or a new wife following her beloved young husband. She
may be employed by the army or the fort as a seamstress, laundress,
cook or nurse, or she may be hired by an officer to serve him in
male camp follower may be an older family member – a father
or father-in-law – who lives with the family and has no place
to go, the underage sons of a soldier and his wife, a tradesman
or craftsman who can perform valuable services for the army, a wagoner
who is employed by the army to haul baggage and supplies, a bateaux
man who is employed to haul goods by water, or a sutler (merchant)
who hopes to make money by selling goods to the soldiers.
are the Women of the recreated Augusta Regiment?
are wives, widows, sweethearts, mothers, daughters, single or married.
We are women who are deeply interested in the women who came before
us. We love their courage on the frontier, their wisdom in raising
their families in hard times, and their histories. We endeavor to
revere and honor them and to imitate and portray them to the very
best of our abilities.
are women who love everything about the 18th century: the clothing,
the art, the music, the culture, the very ambience of it. We strive
to portray every aspect of that century and the people who lived,
worked and died in it, as accurately as possible.
do we do?
to the unit's history, Regimental policy does not allow women to
take the field (fight as soldiers); however, there is plenty to
do in camp including interacting with the public. Often, women will
engage in hand crafts while in camp. Good camp cooks are always
welcome, but the men share in this duty as well.
of our members are excellent public speakers who enjoy giving talks
at schools, service clubs, historical societies, genealogical groups,
etc. We are always looking for more, but if public speaking isn't
your thing, there is certainly a place for you.
distaff of the Augusta Regiment have developed a very informative
display about 18th century women's clothing that is set up at a
few events each year.
all else, we have fun!
you want to be a camp follower?
Augusta Regiment is a very family oriented group. Membership is
open to men and women of any age, and to families with children
of any age. Anyone can apply for membership, but anyone under the
age of 18 must have a parent or guardian join with them and participate
in events with them.
only restriction is that a male child must be 16 years of age or
older in order to carry a musket and be on the firing line. Younger
boys may serve as musicians, color bearers, or in other capacities.
Girls are encouraged to assist the distaff members as an excellent
learning opportunity. There are many civilian camp follower personas
that can be assumed, and we can help you decide on one and develop
first thing you need to do is to contact
us for an application. Once that is submitted, the application
is presented to the Membership Committee for review. If accepted,
you will be an Applicant Member until the next general meeting in
January. At that time a general vote will be taken and if accepted,
you will become a Probationary Member for the period of one year.
At the following general meeting, the membership will vote and if
accepted you will officially become a member of the Regiment.
should you buy to get ready?
There may be loaner clothing available for your use at first. You
will be assigned a Mentor, a veteran of the Regiment who will guide
you in acquiring your clothing and equipment. It is very important
to be patient. There is a lot of incorrect stuff out there, and
waiting for guidance from your mentor can save you a lot of wasted
effort and money. You will receive a copy of the Clothing Regulations
that will assist you as your mentor guides you.