Valley Forge - Encampment At Night
I shot this on the anniversary of General Washington's march into Valley Forge. It happened December 19, 1777. These huts were not there waiting for them! Some 12,000 troops were assembled in groups of 12. Each group built their own structure from the trees present, with very crude tools. It was a small city of huts! They slept out in the open, or under small "tents" made from tree limbs, until they completed the structure. The soldiers thought the log huts (that slept the entire group of 12) were quite comfortable. I guess you would too after sleeping exposed to whatever weather conditions December brought. Many died from disease.
Some people have the misconception that there was fighting at Valley Forge. There were NO battles fought there. It was an encampment where the colonial soldiers spent the winter learning to fight as a cohesive army, thanks to a Prussian General, Von Steuben, who arrived in February.
On June 19, 1778, they broke camp, and a newly trained army marched 9 days to Monmouth, New Jersey. It was there that a battle took place.
I didn't mean this to be a U.S. History lesson. I just started to type and that's what came out. I believe this to be an accurate account, according to what I've read and heard, but if it is not I'm sure I'll hear about it from any number of people more versed in the American Revolution than I.
Sleep tight America.