Valley Forge A summer journey

The chain symbolically marking the territory for the commemorative arch in Valley Forge.
Comissioned in 1910, it was completed in 1917, on the same day the Army broke camp for the Spring campaign.
The supply situation was horrendous at Valley Forge, until General Green took over the commisary.
Read the inscription. This is a quote from Scripture. The blend of Christianity and civil religion has always been present in the US. To the detriment of both, but mostly to Christianity.
Read the inscription. This is a quote from Scripture. The blend of Christianity and civil religion has always been present in the US. To the detriment of both, but mostly to Christianity.
There were actually supposed to be TWO arches in the park, one for the Army's arrival and one for it's departure. This arch commemorated the Army's departure in the spring of 1778, forged into an army which could actually stand up to the British Regulars. As this arch was completed in 1917, as the US was being drawn ever closer to World War 1, the second arch was never constructed.

Washington's Headquarters.

In all my visits to the park, this was the first time I'd ever been afforded the opportunity to enter!

The house was actually a rental property, which housed workers for the nearby industries along the creek. These industries were disrupted by the invasion, leaving the house open for Washington to rent for the Winter.

The Family's office

Washington had a military "family" of top aides who managed the immense amount of paperwork which accompanied running a modern army. These people would have been incredibly busy keeping the army intact and in fighting condition. Not an easy task!

Washington's Office

The office in which Washington would work. The writing desk is open, which would almost certainly have been the case. Washington was a prolific writer who took great pains to have his papers secured throughout the war.

Washington's Bedroom

Martha Washington, along with many other officer's wives, came to spend the Winter with her husband. She loves canopy beds, and one was requisitioned shortly before her arrival in camp.

Officer's Quarters

Winter quarters for some of Washington's aides.

Baggage

Washington's military baggage a was, indeed, carted through the war in crates such as these.

Troop Hut

The huts constructed for the troops were constructed all along similar lines according to Washington's plans. Lack of sanitation, however, caused them to become breeding grounds for disease. The huts near the headquarters would have belonged to the General's personal guard.

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