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Tag, Rag, and Bobtail


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.

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Video 8/11/2019: Tag, Rag, and Bobtail: Women Belonging to the Army

The war for American independence rages on, but there is more to it than battlefields and generals. There are also those who belong to the army as its support system. Tag, Rag, and Bobtail: Women Belonging to the Army allows audiences to be immersed in the stories of two women as they share their war, the loyalty to their country, their duty to family, and what they are willing to sacrifice for everything they hold dear.