Copyright © 2001 John A. Lind
- Olympus OM-4
- 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5 Zuiko Zoom
- Kodachrome 64
- Exposure not recorded
- Koh-Koh-Mah Foster Living History Encapment, near Kokomo, Indiana, September, 2001
- These are a pair of French Army officers lounging in their field tent (while the sergeant drills the soldiers and marines). Very typical of the period. One of the nearly universal European symbols of a military officer during the 18th Century is the crescent shaped piece of brass (gold?) hanging around their neck. Both British and French officers wore them, as did colonial militia officers (and most other European nations). The woman? She might be a wife of one of the officers, or?? (an 18th C. version of a military groupie). Definitely not a prostitute! Not with the officers. That would be ungentlemanly and outright scandalous; an affair with a lover was more than permissible though (it was common). Officers often had their lovers (and sometimes wives) travel with them, even in wartime.