"America could not have been the powerful independent nation it is today without the service of the women." --Tina Ann Nguyen For sourcing information click here
Families are not normally considered members of an army, but during the American Revolution, sometimes they joined the army with their husbands, out of need or desire. Usually they joined because it was impossible to stay home without their husbands. Often it was unsafe to stay home because of neighbors who thought the husband was a traitor. Or it might have been impossible for the wife to sustain a living without the husband.
The Distaff performed many valuable duties for the army, such as laundry, sewing, and tending to the men in hospital. In turn, the army allowed them to stay with their husband’s or father’s regiment, though they were required by Army Regulations to stay with the Quartermaster’s Corp of their regiment
In the recreated 7th Virginia Regiment, we try to portray those families who traveled with the army, and educate the public on the roles of these valuable and underappreciated contributors to our fight for Independence.
Those interested in joining the 7th Virginia Distaff Company should refer to the Distaff Manual for more information on clothing and accouterments to serve in the Distaff Company. As with all companies in the 7th Virginia Regiment current members are always available and willing to assist you on your journey to the 18th century