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Valley Forge


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(1777–78)

An American Revolutionary winter camp 32 km (20 miles) north-west of Philadelphia that was occupied by George Washington's army after it had been defeated at Brandywine and Germantown and the British had occupied Philadelphia. A bitter winter and lack of supplies came close to destroying the Continental Army of 11,000 men. The Valley Forge winter was the low point in the American Revolutionary struggle; it hardened the survivors and became a symbol of endurance.


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