"WOMEN BELONGING TO THE ARMY: TAG, RAG, And BOBTAIL".
Nelson House, Yorktown Virginia,
Time: 1:00 PM,3:00 PM
YORKTOWN, Va. –Nelson House, Saturday, October 21st.
Performances are 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
The war for American independence rages! Come join two women belonging to the army as they discuss loyalty to their country, their duty to their family, and what they are willing to sacrifice for all they hold dear. The fields at Yorktown could change everything.
Written and performed by Emily Doherty and Emma Cross
“A caravan of wild beasts could bear no comparison with it. There was ‘Tag, Rag, and Bobtail;’ ‘some in rags and some in jags’ but none ‘in velvet gowns.’ …They ‘beggared all description.’”
-Joseph Plumb Martin, Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier
No modern army can move without support, and 18th century armies were no different. This support was often provided by women who accompanied family members to war. These women, who were often said to be “belonging to the Army”, followed in the men’s footsteps, ate the same food, suffered the same weather and withstood the same dangers as their counterparts. They have gone largely unnoticed by history. Much of today’s performance has been drawn from first-hand accounts of the time, including dairies, pension records, newspapers, and letters.
Historians and living history interpreters Emma Cross and Emily Doherty will be performing at the Nelson House in Yorktown.
These presentations are free with normal park admission fee. Adults are $7 each, good for seven days. Children 15 and under are free. National Park passes, including Senior passes, Access passes, and Military passes are welcomed. Visitors that do not already possess one of the aforementioned passes can obtain them at the Yorktown Battlefield visitor center.
Photo © Fred Blystone