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Sutlers

 

petty merchants of food and articles used by soldiers, who accompanied the army during marches, exercises, and maneuvers; often, especially in France, they were women.

Sutlers appeared as early as in ancient Greece and Rome but were most widespread in the European feudal armies when there was no centralized army supply. From the 18th century (in the Russian Army from 1716), the rights of sutlers were regulated by special instructions and charters. Sutlers existed until the early 20th century.

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Agency problems such as the possibility of sutlers charging troops unreasonably high prices for items had to be considered.
Therefore, he recommended ending the liquor ration except for extraordinary circumstances and instead allowing sutlers to sell liquor in moderate quantities.
24) The letters printed in The Times when Seacole's friends and allies were trying to raise money to rescue her from bankruptcy in 1856 and 1857 do not mention Seacole's "colour," and a Times report on the festival at the Royal Surrey Gardens merely notes that Seacole, "a Creole by birth, and sutler by profession," is a "genial old lady.
She does so with chapters on sutlers and other contractors, wives and children of combatants (the conjugal family), servants, slaves, and volunteers (the extended family), and civilian and military personnel who performed staff functions ranging from the supply of food, clothing, and transportation to the provision of medical and hospital care.
9) In the years to come, from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Laramie, and from Fort Benton to Fort Lamed, Indians of the trans-Missouri West came to depend on federal military installations for alcohol, mainly through illicit sutler sales and private alcohol facilities located adjacent to military reservations.
He does not suggest a larger context for the War Department's continued stinginess, or provide a denouement for local real estate profiteering, or pose an interesting interpretation for the cozy relationship between the skin trade or its more legitimate partners, the sutlers, and the federal government.
To relieve the Bundeswehr own transport capacity, the supply of the German contingents made to the stationing of places abroad with sutlers goods by civilian contractors (AN).
Sutlers will be in another camp selling period wares to re-enactors and visitors.
Saturday provided more time to visit Yorktown village and check out the sutlers at the camp.
Contract notice: Supply / supply contingents of german kfor (kosovo) and isaf (afghanistan) - including possible follow-up missions - with sutlers goods.
Contract award: framework contract for the supply of the german contingent use "active fence turkey" with sutlers goods.
There was this quaint custom in Korea when I was there that, whenever the company went to the field, a Korean sutler would follow.