The winter was harsh for the soldiers.
The winter was harsh for the soldiers.
 
 
The troops tried to survive the harsh winter.
The troops tried to survive the harsh winter.
 
 
General Washington supported his troops.
General Washington supported his troops.
 
 
Martha Washington helped the soldiers.
Martha Washington helped the soldiers.
 
 
Baron Von Steuben trained the troops.
Baron Von Steuben trained the troops.
 
 
The troops trained throughout the winter.
The troops trained throughout the winter.
 
Valley Forge
Topic(s):   Revolutionary War (U.S.)

George Washington and his troops camped in Valley Forge from December 1777 to June 1778. Valley Forge was close to Philadelphia. The British held the city of Philadelphia.

The winter was very cold. Washington's men did not have enough food. Blankets were scarce. One third of the men did not have shoes. Congress did not have enough money to supply the troops well. Many men died. It was the low point of the war.

Some soldiers protested and left. But most remained loyal. The soldiers believed in the patriots' cause. They respected George Washington. He had refused to live indoors while his men stayed in tents. He lived in a tent, too.

Many officers' wives came to help. Martha Washington made and patched uniforms. A Prussian soldier named Baron Von Steuben helped to train the troops. In February, more supplies arrived. News of the alliance with France cheered the troops in May.

The troops left Valley Forge in June. They were better trained. They were ready to go on fighting.

Resource information

Bobrick, B. (2004). Fight for freedom: The American Revolutionary War. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Osborne, M. P., & Boyce, N. P. (2013). Magic tree house fact tracker #11: American revolution. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers.

People - Valley Forge National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nps.gov/vafo/historyculture/people.htm

Valley Forge George Washington's Mount Vernon. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mountvernon.org/research-collections/digital-encyclopedia/article/valley-forge/

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