Clothing for the Field
Enslaved field workers like Priscilla, a “laboring woman” at Dogue Run Farm, received just one suit of clothes and a single pair of shoes per year, with one or two specialized articles for summer and winter. By necessity, they had to wear the same clothing nearly every day while doing hard physical labor.
Made in mass quantities, the linen and wool garments were coarse, plain, and often ill-fitting and uncomfortable. Washington tried to minimize his expenses by purchasing cheap textiles and limiting the number of garments distributed.