In general soldiers were discouraged from marrying but the regulations did allow for six wives and their children per company. They would be provided with rations and accommodation in return for hospital and other work.
More soldiers married unofficially, but their wives did not receive the benefit of rations and accommodation. Accounts often refer to the presence of camp followers and the difficulties of controlling them.
Only when the regiment was sent overseas could the numbers of women be effectively controlled. It was only the official wives and their children that were given space on the transport ships.
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