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Vivandière Uniform
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Vivandière Uniform

Catalog #: 266    Accession #: 64127
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 21" H x 17" W x 24" D

Physical Description

Jacket with blue with orange facings, lace trim on neck and cuffs. Button ornamentation. Matching blue pleated cloth skirt with orange accent trim.

General History

Vivandières have an interesting role in the American Civil War. These brave women traveled with soldiers as mascots or nurses; there are even cases where they fought alongside their male counterparts. A vivandières could provide creature comforts to the soldiers. Officially during the Civil War, the term Vivandière is usually applied only to women who served with Zouaves. The term "Vivandière", is derived from a mixture of French and Latin, which literally means "hospitality giver." Many Vivandières carried a trademark cask, either round or oval, often filled with brandy or wine.


Keywords

Country: United States
State: New York
War: Civil War
Service: Support Organizations
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