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date: 14 July 2020

Valley Forge. 

The Oxford Companion to United States History
Lorett TreeseLorett Treese

Having failed to prevent the British general William Howe from occupying Philadelphia during the autumn of 1777, George Washington made the tactical decision that the main Continental Army should winter on high ground at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, a small community of farms, dwellings, and workshops (including an iron forge) about eighteen miles northwest of the city. From a position too distant to invite British attack, where local resources would provide food and shelter, the soldiers could be drilled and detachments could interfere with British foraging parties.... ...

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