What roles for Women in Late 18thC Military?

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What roles for Women in Late 18thC Military?

Postby Wieselkind » Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:00 pm

Just flicking through Skirmish magazine and saw in the pics from Kelmarsh a woman with late 18thC clothes cleaning or loading some kind of gun (musket?)
Who/what was she portraying? I'm intriuged.



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Postby wurzul » Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:31 pm

There are some ladies who portray female Spanish partisans or guerillas. Might be one of those? With a cross of Lorraine on the sleeve? There are also groups who have women in the ranks portraying (male) soldiers. Plenty of female cavalry units too, since there seems to be a preponderance of competent female riders.



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Postby Wieselkind » Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:45 pm

Thanks,
I'll have another look at the picture for the cross.

Definetely wearing women's clothes, rather than ' in disguise'.



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Postby Daniel Ezra » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:35 am

The chances are that the picture is of a Merriott girl from the King's German Artillery.

They play as "partisans" at events.

As far as I know there is precisely NO evidence for female partisans in the Peninsular campaign (though I do stand to be corrected).

This means that this role is tosh.



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Postby Redders » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:07 am

I'm pretty certain the pic is of Lucille?

She's a lady helping defending her farmsted from marauding Redcoats in the Rev War!

At least, that's what she's portraying.



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Postby Neil Johnston » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:26 am

And you too modest to mention your own starring role in said publication as well Redders?? :)
I assume it's you anyway doing some sort of militia type role..... I've just realised I've never ever seen you wearing anything other than a grenadiers uniform!!! :shock:
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Postby Redders » Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:18 pm

Guilty as charged :D

Lucille was with our group.
Made a change to be shooting at Redcoats!



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Postby John Waller » Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:30 pm

Daniel Ezra wrote:The chances are that the picture is of a Merriott girl from the King's German Artillery.

They play as "partisans" at events.

As far as I know there is precisely NO evidence for female partisans in the Peninsular campaign (though I do stand to be corrected).

This means that this role is tosh.


Rene Chartrand makes some mention of female guerrillas in the book Spanish Guerrillas in the Peninsular War 1808-1814. Rare but there were some.


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Postby Daniel Ezra » Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:43 pm

Where they common?



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Postby Andy R » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:13 pm

Daniel Ezra wrote:Where they common?


I don't think it mentions if they were gentry or not

boom-boom :lol:
(I'll get me coat)


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Postby Daniel Ezra » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:14 pm

As long as it doesn't have a cross odf Santiago on it :-).



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Postby John Waller » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:29 pm

Daniel Ezra wrote:Where they common?


I presume you mean 'were'? I think I said 'rare'.


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Re: What roles for Women in Late 18thC Military?

Postby Vic James » Tue Oct 13, 2009 3:50 pm

Lucy is dressed in , Mid 18thC clothing , she is a member of CESS , NFOE and Lace Wars.
She is portraying a `Molly Pitcher` of the American Revolulion , a term used to
discribe women who took up arms to fight in that war on the side of the rebles.
While historical sources comfirm that women did indeed fight ; either dressed as
women or in disguise as men ,, and name them . There is no evidence for the
legendary`Molly ` character.



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Re: What roles for Women in Late 18thC Military?

Postby steve stanley » Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:44 pm

I belive,(As depicted in the film 'Drums along the Mohawk'),there was one example of Women dressed in soldier's coats to make a fort's garrison look more imprssive........
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Re: What roles for Women in Late 18thC Military?

Postby Tiny Castle » Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:43 pm

"Labrador Trapper's Song"
Thats just cruel
AND to sing about it !!!



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Re: What roles for Women in Late 18thC Military?

Postby steve stanley » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:27 am

They run faster than seals........... :)


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