Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Locating the headquarters here made sense, because the valley is ringed by hills allowing the British to be spotted a long way off.

So why not march out from Philadelphia and attack? In those days it would have been a rough march in the snow, and why not let cold and hunger do the job?

Also, General Howe was nice and warm and snuggly with his American mistress in Philadelphia. Congress should create a special Horizontal Service Award for her help.

Winter Quarters

You really have to wonder why logistics were so hard, considering this is just a few miles from the King of Prussia Mall.


"The headquarters house overlooking the confluence of Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River was the hub of military activity. It was from here that General Washington , with the assistance of his staff, conducted the daily routine of the army. Often there were more than twenty officers and aides present to assist the commander-in-chief in his duties."


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Created 22 June 2007, Last Update 31 May 2020