Tag: Valley Forge

Book Review: 2018’s ‘Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father’

As I finished the last pages of Peter Stark’s “Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father,” I could hear the distant bursts of fireworks—early celebrations for the Fourth of July. Very fitting as I closed a read capturing the early life of our nation’s first president. I very much enjoyed (and reviewed…


Relive the Continental Army’s Winter at Valley Forge

In the fall of 1777, Gen. George Washington’s army was reeling from the crushing defeat it suffered in Pennsylvania. British troops had won the battles of Brandywine and Germantown and occupied Philadelphia. Seeking a winter haven for his disheartened soldiers, Washington settled on Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania. But because it is so close to Philadelphia, the troops…


Washington’s Resounding Prayer at Valley Forge

It was December 1777, one of the bleakest times during the Revolutionary War. The Continental Army had won a few battles; however, morale suffered as they had also lost a few crucial battles, such as the Battle of Long Island, the Battle for New York, the Battle of White Plains, and the Battle of Bennington….


Winter Patriots: Remembering Valley Forge

As I write these words, the date is Feb. 2, 2021, and I am visiting my daughter in Elmhurst Township, Pennsylvania. The ground is covered by approximately 15 inches of snow, with no end in sight. Though born in this state, I was reared in the South, and though I’ve seen big snows, especially when…