A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Valley Forge

Valley Forge (Pa.) After defeat at Germantown, 10,000 Continental soldiers entered winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pa., on 19 December 1777. Perhaps 25 percent died of disease or malnutrition that winter. On 18 June 1778, the Continentals—augmented with new recruits—left the encampment highly skilled in battle drill due to Baron von Steuben’s training; the army emerged roughly equal in fighting ability to the British Army, which it fought to a draw at their next major encounter at Monmouth Courthouse, N.J.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Valley Forge," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed July 6, 2022, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=ZWK3YL4L6E2U5Y2.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Valley Forge." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 6 Jul. 2022. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=ZWK3YL4L6E2U5Y2.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Valley Forge' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 6 July 2022, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=ZWK3YL4L6E2U5Y2.