A Look into the Past: Valley Forge

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania is known as the famous site for George Washington’s winter camp. Set up in December of 1777, the location was a prime position for protection, with a river on one whole side, and two shallower creeks; forcing attackers to have to go uphill.

Despite the well thought out location, Valley Forge is still known as a time of great suffering for George Washington’s army. Conditions were extremely harsh, and by that spring one out of six men was dead. Yet, despite all of the hardship there was some good. Baron Friedrich von Steuben, a foreign drill sergeant, trained Washington’s troops during their winter at Valley Forge. And while his methods were harsh, there was great improvement; such advancement that the uniformed battle movements and stronger army played a key role in the success of the Continental Army.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    As someone who leaves in Pennsylvania I never been there but I hope someday to be able to stand where Washington stood. To see what Forge our military from a bunch a guys with pitchforks to a well trained fighting force.

  • Joey Stavangi

    I WENT THERE WITH MY FAMILY YEARS AGO WHEN THE KIDS WERE YOUNGER.AND I RAN THE WHOLE PARK AND BOY WAS MY FAMILY UPSET WITH ME.I JUST LOVED IT THERE.

  • david wilson

    Lived in King of Prussia for 8 years….went to college there (Valley Forge Christian College) and it’s a beautiful location. Great park…love the history there!

  • Henry Ko

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  • landofaahs

    These were real men. They suffered privations of the worst hue. Our wimp culture today has been brought on by liberal/democrat victimology. Bloodied feet without shoes and only rags for protection if that. Days without food. To quote I believe Adams but I could be wrong, “I fear we have not, men fit for the times”.

  • Anonymous

    the often untold and still not completely resolved story, of Valley Forge is how Quartermaster General Mifflin failed in his duties to provide the necessary materiel’ to Valley Forge. Whether this was due to the fact that the British had blockaded Philadelphia, Mifflin had lost interest in the job (ironically after being appointed to it by Washington due to his battlefield leadership) or the consipiracy theory that a certain group in Congress did not favor General Washington and secretly wished that he would fail; or simply because the British Quartermasters paid in gold and silver (and the US currency was worthless) or all of the above, makes this one of the sad stories of the Revolution. A not too disimilar tale has been told of the poorly clothed US Army advancing across Europe Winter 1944-45; heavy coats, socks etc were in short supply. meanwhile back in liberated Paris, the rear guard was dressed splendidly in their great coats. Never forget the ones who sacrificed…….

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