What does the word Vidette mean?

Usage examples for Vidette

  1. Convinced that this would prove to be either a cavalry vidette, or a Federal foraging party, it made me more anxious to get quickly down into the town, hopeful they might have a spare horse with them, and I pointed out the dust spirals to my companion. – Love Under Fire by Randall Parrish
  2. Our camp was encircled by a chain- vidette system located at a distance therefrom of about two miles. – The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry by Samuel H. Fletcher