I was reading recently about the American Revolution, and it mentioned that both sides avoided battle at a certain point in time, and went foraging for some months.
In the days before modern logistics, such foraging was obviously essential for any army, especially one far from its home base of operations. But what was it like? I always imagined Roman armies, Continental European armies in hostile territories, etc., simply bullying the locals into giving them whatever food or other supplies they needed (or killing them if they refused).
But what about Washington’s army? They were ostensibly in friendly territory (despite the widely varying opinions of Colonials about secession), so I don’t imagine them being quite as brutal. Did they beg for food from patriots? Offer them paper currency in exchange for the goods? Or did they bully people into complying? Likewise, am I right re: the Romans/etc.–did they take whatever they liked, or did they try to deal with locals in a fair manner in order to get needed supplies?