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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

Encampment at Valley Forge, 1778.
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On the Schuykill River near Phoenixville, is the site of General George Washinton's army winter quarters from December 1777 to June 1778. Severe winter conditions caused much suffering as the troops lacked adequate clothing, food and shelter. Despite many desertions, French General Lafayette and Prussian General Steuben worked with the troops to train and integrate them into a fighting force. It was during this period when a treaty of alliance was signed in Paris on February 6, 1778, and ratified in America on May 4th, cementing the entry of the French into the War on behalf of the United States. Among Washington’s officers at Valley Forge were the, Nathaniel Greene, Count Casimir Pulaski, “Mad” Anthony Wayne, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, John Marshall, James Monroe and Charles Wilson Peale.

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