The soldiers at the Valley Forge encampment of 1777-1778 were determined, courageous soldiers. Many of them were also lonesome, as beloved wives and cherished families had been left behind. These letters give a first-hand look at the lives, sacrifices and loneliness of these Patriots. They were not cookie-cutter soldiers, but flesh-and-blood men who loved their country and loved their families until, as one soldier wrote, “death part us.”
Based on the letters in Joseph Lee Boyle’s Writings from the Valley Forge Encampment of the Continental Army, Dr. Nancy Loane brings to life the fears and passions of the soldiers of the Continental Army at Valley Forge. For more information call 610-272-0297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nancy Loane, a former seasonal park ranger at Valley Forge National Historical Park, is a recognized authority on the women at the 1777-78 Valley Forge encampment. She is the author of several articles about the women at camp as well as the critically acclaimed book, Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment.