The army would have been followed by their baggage train and potentially a large
number of camp followers.
This would have comprised artisans that the army relied on and the families of some
of the soldiers, who had a vital role to play in foraging, cooking and tending for
the wounded. It wasn’t easy being a camp follower. The long marches. Frequently
the camp and the baggage train were attacked during or after the battle, or by the
hostile local population. Death was always close at hand with the diseases that frequently
swept the camp. And after the battle searching for your husband, brother or father
– to find them dead or wounded.
The army would march between major towns and garrisons where it could replenish stores
In between it would rely on the local villages and communities it would pass through,
imposing a huge demand for food and other supplies and the skills of the craftsmen
needed to keep the army equipped.