During the American Revolution thousands of women took an active role in both the American and British armies. Many were the wives or daughters of officers or soldiers. These women, who maintained an almost constant presence in military camps, were known as "camp followers." At Stony Point Battlefield, for example, there were 52 women who were captured with the British garrison on the night of July 15, 1779 by the American Corps of Light Infantry. Despite the fact that these women were not considered to be part of the army, they were still included in the list of British prisoners taken at Stony Point. Yet, because women had no military function during the war, their individual names most often were unlisted in the records of the day and are lost to us now. To be sure, women in the revolution went well beyond their traditional roles as dictated by 18th-century society.
Membership in a ladies' auxiliary is open to women who are related by marriage or blood line to members in good standing currently or at the time of his death. The organization assists the state society and/or chapter to which which it is affiliated. It holds meetings in accordance with the its schedule.