The American Revolution
The weather at Valley Forge was strident and unforgiving. "The end of December with a low of 6 Degrees and the end of March with a low of 8 Degrees" ("Weather at Valley Forge" 2). These temperatures were substantially below freezing. On top of that, "Instead of being quartered in substantial buildings, they [the soldiers] lived in tents during their first weeks at Valley Forge while constructing primitive log huts that provided basic protection against winter weather but few creature comforts"("Valley Forge" 1). The low temperatures combined with the lack of clothing and shelter made life at Valley Forge tough. General Washington could see the number of people fit for duty decline rapidly. "On 23 December 1777 Washington reported 2,898 of about 11,000 rank and file in camp as unfit to do duty for that reason. A month later the number was nearly four thousand" ("Valley Forge"3).
Valley Forge was a military encampment, so there were drills and marches. These were done to strengthen the army and make them fit to fight the British. "He [Friedrich Wilhelm] devised a simple uniform system of drill particularly suited to American circumstances and trained the main army in it. Steuben also began introducing European administrative procedures and helped to instill stronger discipline and professional pride in the lower ranks"("Valley Forge" 5) This intense training proved to be valuable when the American army fought the British.
In the end, Valley Forge proved to be an important event of the civil war. It helped stabilize the army and make it stronger. It also promoted nationalism in all ranks of the army. It is also an event to learn.
This picture shows the weather at Valley Forge. The viewer can tell that the soldiers in the background are not properly clothed and are huddling around the fire.
This image shows soldiers doing one of the drills. They did this because they needed to prepare to fight the British.
Chase, Philander D. "Valley Forge." Encyclopedia of the New American Nation. Ed. Paul Finkelman. Vol. 3. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006. 295-297. U.S. History in Context. Web. 8 Feb. 2016.