Valley Forge Pennsylvania is located in Montgomery County. The area
was named after an iron forge on Valley Creek.
The American Continental Army with George Washington camped here
during the winter of 1977-1978. The army believed this area was set
up well against any surprise attacks from the British. The army
built log huts for shelter against the cold winter.
Although over 2,000 men died at Valley Forge, there was no fighting.
Soldiers were dying due to sickness. Troops lacked food,
adequate clothing to keep themselves warm, and they lived in crowded
and damp quarters. This lead to men dying from typhoid, jaundice,
dysentery, and pneumonia.
Valley Forge is known as a turning point to the war, because this is
where the troops were trained to fight. Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von
Steuben had arrived from France in 1778 to train the troops. He was
a member of the Prussian army under
Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Von Steuben trained the
Continental Army to be better soldiers and to fire their guns
The Continental Army left Valley Forge as a stronger and well
trained military force. They also had the support of the French.