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Leas Forum – Valley Forge – There is But One Option for the Winter
Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The winter of 1777–1778 was a critical time for the main Continental Army under the command of General Washington. With the British army in control of the capital city of the new country and threatening the Pennsylvania hinterland, there were several pressures on the patriot commander. Chief among his concerns were the preservation of the army and an ability to train it as an effective field force in the European tradition. In addition, the security of Congress, the protection of vital army stores, and maintaining relations with a civilian population that had experienced, first-hand, the ravages of the Philadelphia campaign over several months were of concern. Washington’s selection of the ideal location for a winter encampment would dictate his ability to succeed in all of those arenas.
This presentation by Kenneth Gavin, historic interpreter, and graduate of LaSalle University Honors Program, seeks to illustrate the pressures faced by Washington, and how by effectively addressing those pressures, dictated that Valley Forge was the only viable option for Washington to choose.