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Honoring all veterans, including our first ones

Today the nation says thank you to our veterans who sacrificed and sacrifice daily to defend our country. We appreciate the service of every man and woman who ever served in the Armed Forces, as well as those who are serving today.

I’ve thought a lot about the men and women who fought valiantly and who sacrificed much over 300 years ago to create and defend this new country called the United States of America.  All types of men and women of various races–white, African American, Native American–fought for freedom from the British and gave us a lasting legacy.

So, what was their sacrifice like? What was it like when the war came to their back yards, whether in Massachusetts, Pennsyvania or Virginia? I felt that their sacrifice must have been great, and I was moved to learn more about it.  For five years, I researched what it was like when the war came to the backyards of people in the Philadelphia area during what is called The Philadelphia Campaign, from the Battle of Brandywine in September 11, 1777 to the march out from Valley Forge in June 1778.

You can read about the sacrifice of our first veterans in my novel, Becoming Valley Forge. Read more about it at my author page at or on Amazon, where you can also order the book.

I hope your curiosity about our first veterans is as great as mine was and that Becoming Valley Forge shows you why our first veterans deserve one heck of a big thank you.


The March to Valley Forge (William Trego)

The March to Valley Forge (William Trego)

Commemorating the 240th Anniversary of The Philadelphia Campaign–9/11/1777 to 6/19/1778

This year is the 240th Anniversary of The Philadelphia Campaign–that part of the Revolutionary War that began on September 11, 1777 with the Battle of Brandywine and ended on June 19, 1778 with the Continental Army’s march out of Valley Forge. I cover The Philadelphia Campaign in my novel, Becoming Valley Forge. Many historical societies […]

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New Museum of the American Revolution Now Carries novel Becoming Valley Forge

Greetings from Philadelphia–the city where our nation was founded!

If your Independence Day weekend plans bring you to the new Museum of the American Revolution here for some Revolutionary War Realness, make sure you stop by the gift shop and pick up a copy of Sheilah Vance’s award-winning novel, Becoming Valley Forge.  We’re honored to have Sheilah’s book reviewed, approved, and now available in this groundbreaking and important museum dedicated to the Revolutionary War. The painting that is the cover of Becoming Valley Forge— William Trego’s The March to Valley Forge is on exhibit at the Museum.  Stop in and learn more about our country’s birth and its birthplace.

Happy Fourth of July!

Leaving Valley Forge and on to independence

On today’s date in 1778, General George Washington and the Continental Army marched out of Valley Forge, a better army after a rough yet productive winter, and on to face the British at the Battle of Monmouth.  Read my blog post on about this important day–how the army got there and how I came to write Becoming Valley Forge, a novel that answers the question–what happens when the war comes to your backyard?

Source: Leaving Valley Forge and on to independence

Join me at Upper Moreland Historical Society 3/28/17, 7:30 pm

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I’m looking forward to speaking about “Becoming Valley Forge” to the Upper Moreland Historical Society on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., Upper Moreland Township Building, 117 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA  19090.  Please come out and join me for some Revolutionary War Realness!

For more information, about Becoming Valley Forge, click here.

See you on the 28th!