George Washington and the Continental Army at Valley Forge
(Source: Library of Congress)
General Washington and his
Continental Army spent the winter of 1777-1778 camped at
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 25 miles northeast of
For the first months, the soldiers were
living in tents which provided little help from the cold.
The soldiers lacked proper clothing -- many without shoes
or warm clothes. When soldiers had to go out in the cold,
they would share clothing. It wasn't until February,
1778, that the men finished building huts to live in,
with fireplaces to keep them warm.