From Forts to Families: Following the Army into Western Pennsylvania, 1758-1766

TitleFrom Forts to Families: Following the Army into Western Pennsylvania, 1758-1766
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsMayer, Holly A.
MagazinePennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
Volume130
Issue Number1
Pagination5-43
Date Published2006/01
Abstract

This article follows the colonial British women who followed their husbands in the initial penetration and settlement of the old Old West. The women and their families dealt with the same hardships as the soldiers: culture shock, isolation, poor living conditions, numbing routines and boredom, intense physical labor, harsh discipline, disease, and the possibility of capture and death. Yet their contributions, and those of most other civilians with the armed forces engaged in the American campaigns of the Seven Years' War, were not celebrated in the official accounts that recorded military actions. This article tells the stories of some of these women.

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