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An army camp follower who peddled provisions to the soldiers.

[Obsolete Dutch soeteler, from Low German sudeler, suteler, from German sudeln, to dirty, from Middle High German sudelen.]


(Historical Terms) (formerly) a merchant who accompanied an army in order to sell provisions to the soldiers
[C16: from obsolete Dutch soeteler, from Middle Low German suteler, from Middle High German sudelen to do dirty work; related to soot, seethe]
ˈsutlerˌship n


(ˈsʌt lər)

(formerly) a person who maintained a store on an army post to sell provisions to the soldiers.
[1580–90; < early Dutch soeteler=soetel(en) to do dirty work, work poorly (akin to soot) + -er -er1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sutler - a supplier of victuals or supplies to an army
provider, supplier - someone whose business is to supply a particular service or commodity
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The service will conclude in time for sutlers and demonstrators to open their shops for the day.
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Soldiers purchased canned goods from government-licensed sutlers, but government rations consisted primarily of salt pork, hardtack, and, on occasion, desiccated vegetables; not canned goods.
Although the sutlers store was a civilian operation, he played an important role in supporting soldiers stationed on the frontier and enhanced the effectiveness of frontier military operations.
Some of the sutlers and vendors attending the event include: Kevin Titus, 26th Yankee Division, Big Bear Trading Company, Tailor, Tory Royal Blue Traders, Chris Herbert, Crew of the Mermayde, Steinhagen Pottery, Murry Newton,Wendy Inglis, 34th Battalion Virginia Cavalry, Andy Chase, Heather Lieber .
Linen thread is obtained from sutlers, and comes in various thicknesses for the various weights of fabric.
Langeron left it to the reader to "imagine the terrible destruction that ensued, the cries of unfortunate servants, sutlers, the sick and wounded, women and children, Frenchmen and foreigners that had retreated from Moscow with the army and were now crushed under the wheels [of carts], disfigured by the explosions of bombs, or dying on Cossack pikes, running to the burning bridge only to be consumed by the flames or devoured by the waves of the river.
The book traces the history of providing comfort items to American soldiers from the sutlers who followed troops during the Civil War selling luxury items from home.
Article 50 of the Lieber Code specified that "citizens who accompany an army for whatever purpose, such as sutlers [provisioners], editors, or reporters of journals, or contractors, if captured, may be made prisoners of war, and be detained as such" (Lieber Code, 1863).
Captain von Heer is to keep an exact list of all licensed sutlers and confine any follower of the Army who may presume to suttle without the proper leave.