Nathan Hale Ancient 
Fifes and Drums

Company of Artificers
Civilians with skill sets that were valued by the military or sometimes enlisted companies of the military, artificers provided the goods and services to the war. A carpenter, blacksmith or shoe maker are examples of trades that were needed by the army. The artificers were often paid higher  than army privates and the master craftsmen were given officer responsibilities and often told to higher as many craftsmen as needed to complete a job. As the war continued whole companies were formed to provide food for the army as well as a wagon master department to provide transportation of goods. These generally fell under the responsibility of the quartermaster.
Artificers of Today
Either a camp follower or craftsman the artificers today are encouraged to demonstrate any skill that they are interested in. The Company of Artificers is also in charge of cooking the muster meal for our annual muster.