encampment occupied by the American army from December 1777
to June 1778. The winter was particularly harsh, and the
army was short on food, clothing, and supplies. But they
hung on. The leadership of Commander-in-Chief George
Washington and Baron von Steuben, the Prussian drill
sergeant, kept the soldiers occupied and made them better,
tougher soldiers in the end. In June 19, 1778, the army set
out for New Jersey, where they fought the British to a
stand-still just nine days later, at the Battle of Monmouth.
Among the soldiers who were encamped with Washington at
Valley Forge were Generals Nathanael Greene and Benedict
Arnold; Alexander Hamilton, Washington's personal aide; the
Marquis de Lafayette; and a man named John Marshall, who
would go on to become the first famous Chief Justice of the
Forge National Historic
Modern-day national park commemorates the terrible winter
survived by the American colonists. Site also contains some
history of the events.
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Read new about the suffering the American colonists endured
and the training they underwent, both of which made them
tough, seasoned soldiers.
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