Revised U.S. Army Regulations 1863.
Four women will be allowed to each company as washerwomen and will receive
one ration per day each.
The price of washing soldiers' clothing, by the month, or by the piece,
will be determined by the Council of Administration
Debts due the laundress by soldiers, for washing, will be paid or
collected at the pay-table, under the direction of the captain.
782.Private servants, not soliders, will not ber
allowed to wear the uniform of any corps of the army, but each will be
required to carry with him a certificate from the officer who employs him
verified, for regimental officers, by the signature of the the Colonel'
for other officers under the rank of Colonel, by the chief of their corps
permitted to follow the army will be furnished with certificates, signed
as in the preceding paragraph, and no woman of bad character will be
allowed to follow the army. Other persons with the army, not officers or soldiers such as
guides of the country, interpreters, &c. will carry about the similar
certificates from the headquarters that employs them.
Before recruits are sent from recruiting depots to regiments, or
companies, the amounts due by them to the laundress and sutler, having
been verified and audited, will be entered on a roll made for r the
purpose and will be paid by the paymaster on his next visit at the post,
the receipts of the laundress and sutler to the amounts paid being the
voucher. Provided the
recruits have a clear amount of pay due them, over and above their dues to
the government, equal to the claims of the laundress and sutler.
The same amounts will be entered on the muster and descriptive roll
of the recruits as" amount paid laundress, or sutlerly" (naming
them,) to be deducted from the pay of the soldiers at their first
Four women as laundresses are allowed to a company, and one ration per day
to each when present with the company.
In order that an authorized woman (laundress) of a company may draw
rations while temporarily separated from it, the officer commanding the
company must designate her by name and in writing to the commanding
officer of the post or station where she may be living, as attached to his
company, and entitled to rations. The
rations of company women are not to be commuted, and they can only be
drawn at a military post or station where subsistence is on hand for
In the case of a soldier's death, desertion, or discharge without pay, or
the forfeiture of is pay by sentence off court-martial, the amount due the
laundress and sutler will be noted on the muster roll.