In 1846, warfare was very much a male activity. Military men devised the strategies for waging war. Thousands of young men, some barely older than boys, took up arms and served on fields of battle. Women had very little say in the whole affair.
i'm going to kill youuuu!
Nevertheless, women did leave their mark on the U.S.-Mexican War. Women from both countries accompanied soldiers to war, sometimes in official capacity but often by their own choice. Whether serving as cooks, laundresses, nurses, or maids, these women were usually referred to simply as "camp followers".
Let's male some food for the men.
Good idea Elizabeth.
Wives of U.S. enlisted men were allowed to travel with their husbands as cooks or laundresses.Laundresses received one food ration a day and were paid based on the amount of clothing they washed. These women kept the soldiers clean, fed, and healthy.
Don't forget your bags ladies
Most camp followers did not serve on the field of battle. However, some women took great risks in aiding soldiers during combat. It was common for women to get caught in the war. With the women going In the war, they faced a consequence with dodging bullets and knives.
U.S. women also put themselves in harm's way to support the troops,these women worked diligently sewing sand bags to strengthen the fort. The women served food and water to the troops during the siege. Even though a bullet went through her sunbonnet, women served "their boys" as they defended the fort.
Okay, let's jus game food for the soldiers and get our minds off the killings.
Hate seeing these men die everyday, it's heartbreaking.
During the Battle of Monterrey, María Zozaya worked tirelessly to bring food and water to all, regardless of nationality. While gently lifting a soldier's head into her lap and binding his wounds with her own handkerchief, she was struck and killed by gunfire, and Soldiers buried her body. Just becuase Maria was trying to save her husband, she ended up getting killed. Some women never left home but nonetheless found themselves engaged in combat.