Burlington County Times: Program takes look at Washington’s playbook
In late 1777, the Revolutionary War was ravaging the Colonies. For Gen. George Washington’s troops, winter was coming, and there were choices to be made that would affect not only his soldiers, but also the outcome of the conflict. With the pressure from his countrymen weighing on his shoulders, Washington didn’t hesitate to declare, “There Is But One Option for the Winter: Valley Forge.”
It was, of course, a good decision. But what led Washington to declare Valley Forge his one and only choice for a winter encampment? Find out from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the theater at Medford Leas at 1 Medford Leas Way. The free “Leas Forum” program will explore the challenges faced by the troops during the winter, and the factors that influenced Washington’s decisions.
Join historic interpreter Kenneth Gavin for a look inside Washington’s playbook. The challenges of war extend far past the battlefields, and Washington not only had to keep his troops healthy and ready for battle, but also take into consideration the welfare of the civilian population, the protection of Congress, and the ability to secure supplies.
The “Leas Forum” programs promote lifelong learning and continuing education at any age by bringing local educators, historians and speakers to the continuing care community. For more information, visit medfordleas.org/events.
Published by Melissa Hanejko, Correspondent, on December 5th, 2017