Valley Forge

Valeria Gomez

Life at Valley Forge

- It was a critical time between December 19, 1777 and June 19, 1778. The American Continental Army camped near a Pennsylvania village, twenty miles Northwest of Philadelphia, called Valley Forge; this was not a battle, nor a war, it was an encampment of soldiers who trained hard no matter what conditions they were in. George Washington, the commander of nearly eleven thousand men, demanded they learn discipline by constructing shelters and defensive barriers throughout a harsh, ruthless winter.

- It all started when bloody footprints were left in the snow by bootless men. Their living conditions were unfortunate, twelve men had to share a twelve by sixteen foot cabin, that they built with their bare hands. The soldiers were poorly supplied with the necessary equipment they need with the brutal winter they were enduring. Nearly two thousand men died of disease, starvation, and climate conditions. General George Washington's first priority was the health of his soldiers, so when he was informed of the distressed men, he immediately accused Congress of not caring for the American soldiers who sacrificed themselves for the well-being of our new nation.

- On June 19, 1778, the rejuvenation of the Continental Army left Valley Forge and made their way towards New Jersey. Only a week later, they had forced the British to retreat from the field in Battle of Monmouth. The Valley Forge campground was proven to be the turning point not only for the American Continental Army, but also the Revolutionary War. It tested the fortitude of General George Washington and his troops, paving the way to the American victory in the war for independence from the British. The soldiers that suffered through Valley Forge emerged stronger, more disciplined, and more determined than ever to beat the British.

Life as a soldier

- In the historical fiction novel, "Forge" by Laurie Halse Anderson, the protagonist, Curzon Smith is described as definitive throughout the plot of the novel. For the past couple months, Curzon has been traveling with the Continental Army, so it was no surprise when General George Washington moved the military to Valley Forge. For instance, when Curzon and his friends had just arrived, they had to sleep in bitter cold tents, he explains the scenery as, "a large muddy field we'd crossed the night before, aswarm now with thousands of ill-dressed soldiers, even more drummer boys, a few fife players, and officers trying to turn the maelstrom into something orderly" (Anderson 80). This quote demonstrates how attentive he is towards the scenery of the new encampment he'll be enduring for the next year and a half. This is also foreshadowing of what obstacles Curzon will face within the time he is at Valley Forge.

Runaway Slaves


Isabel Bellingham, who likes to go by the name of Isabel Gardener &

Curzon Bellingham, who likes to go by the name of Curzon Smith,

have run away from James Bellingham. Please use the contact information below if you encounter them!