Major Papers


Women, Seven Years' War, North America, Camp Follower, Experience, Contribution


For much of history women followed with European armies on campaign. They filled auxiliary roles for the army and supported their men. Though history has often overlooked them, they are consistently present in primary material. Camp women during the Seven Years’ War (1754 to 1763) lived a hard life, much like soldiers. Yet despite attempts by officers to limit their numbers, as well as the difficult and dangerous living conditions, women continued to follow the army and proved to be both helpful and a hindrance to military officials. This paper examines the experiences of these women and in doing so will shed some light on their lives and what may have motivated them, or forced them, into following the army.

Primary Advisor

Dr. Peter Way

Program Reader

Dr. Guillaume Teasdale

Degree Name

Master of Arts



Document Type

Major Research Paper