Happy Independence Day! Please click on the link above to my blog Becoming Valley Forge to read about Lt. John James, who typifies all that this country stands for. In 1776, there was a miracle in Philadelphia. There was one here last week, too, at the Museum of the American Revolution, when Lt. James got his Lieutenant’s commission after 76 years because of the Army’s racial separation policies.
Today in 1778, the Continental Army marched out of Valley Forge. See my blog post above about that important day, reposted from my site, www.becomingvalleyforge.com.
Read more about the Valley Forge encampment in my novel, Becoming Valley Forge.
On June 19, 1778, The Continental Army left Valley Forge.
The army left Valley Forge more disciplined and as a better fighting force than when they marched in on December 19, 1777. Unfortunately, some 2,000 died during the Valley Forge encampment. Yet, the army persevered.
When the army left Valley Forge, they headed towards the British army, which left their winter quarters in Philadelphia towards New York. The Continental Army caught up with the British army at Monmouth, New Jersey where they showed their new mettle as a better fighting force in the Battle of Monmouth..
The sacrifice of the Continental Army, George Washington and his generals, and all of those who supported them at Valley Forge is legendary. It is one of the things that inspired me to write my novel, Becoming Valley Forge. In walking through the Valley Forge Natioanl Park one day in 2010 with…
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See my blog post of this Washington Post article about how George Washington became “the father of our country” as he did not have any natural children of his own. Interesting reading, and Happy Father’s Day!