Not all women stayed home during the Revolutionary War. Those that traveled with the troops were called “camp followers,” and they played many important roles in the country’s history.

On Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m., the Waldoboro Historical Society will present a fascinating insight into that life at the museum. Ruth Bernier will present a program detailing camp followers’ struggles and everyday routine, as well as how they coped with things such as cooking and providing clothes for themselves.

Women were given half the rations of their husbands. Among their many roles, women were responsible for laundering the clothes as well as mending them. They of course cooked meals but also cared for the wounded. When the soldiers had to march long miles, they were expected to keep up while carrying cooking utensils, their children and their own belongings. Some camp followers were taken as prisoners by the British. The famous Molly Pitcher got that name because, as a camp follower, she supplied water to the troops. Women also joined the troops in winter when fighting was curtailed.

Bernier and her husband have lectured throughout Vermont and are regular participants in encampments as re-enactors. The program is free and open to the public. For more information e-mail