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Today in 1777: Valley Forge

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from Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Today in 1777: Gen. Washington, owner of this camp chest, leads his army to Valley Forge to camp for the winter.

Dimensions: 30″ H x 21.25″ W x 15″ D

Physical Description

Camp chest made of pine covered in leather. The chest is lined with green wool fabric and has iron hinges, facings, and handles. The chest contains a cooking stove, folding pots, utensils, plates, platters, bottles, and other cooking items.

Specific History

One of the three camp chests known to have been owned by General George Washington.

General History

Washington usually slept and dined in the homes of well-to-do residents. On those occasions when he encamped with his army, the troops carried tents, a collapsible bed, folding tables, camp stools, and bags and trunks filled with equipment. Two sets of camp chests were purchased by Washington on 3 May 1776. Another set was captured from a British ship and sent to Washington in October 1778. By 1782, Washington’s camp equipment was so extensive that he requested from Quartermaster Timothy Pickering two horses just to carry the load.

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The Continental Army and George Washington’s shared sacrifice was for the government’s right to spread the wealth around. Yes?




  1. Diann

    December 19th, 2012

    What I have always loved about your posts, Illustr8r is that you remind all of us that we as Americans have a history.

    In this day and age, when most people expect us to feel shame at our history and heritage, you give us reasons to be proud.

    There is no finer Christmas gift you could offer us. Thank you.

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  2. J Frank Parnell

    December 19th, 2012

    George would be beating the shit out of the Progtards with his wooden teeth.

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  3. Anonymous

    December 19th, 2012

    @Diann Thank you very much- that is so nice to hear.

    I get very frustrated looking for Founding Fathers history articles to post because the first stories that pop up usually are about slavery. Someone has a new book about or there is a new exhibition opening about..slavery and the old white guy founders.

    It’s also frustrating to see that the majority of historians are leftist and don’t care much to defend the Founders…and now they use our American history to trash the Tea Party. That’s the latest angle that I’ve seen.

    Everyone is given the benefit of the doubt and a break for good intentions but the Founders need to be held accountable for everything that is “wrong” with America. Toss that outdated and racist Constitution-Obama and his followers have the better way. I’d like O to write down the new articles we are suppose to live by.

    After awhile it’s just disheartening. The feeling I have had since the election.

    BUT my love of our American History hasn’t waned regardless what “they” say about it.

    *rant off* :)

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  4. illustr8r

    December 19th, 2012

    Anonymous is illustr8r…where’d my gravatar go?

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  5. Diann

    December 19th, 2012

    (I knew it was you!)

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  6. LibertyMark

    December 19th, 2012

    Why is the empahasis in the SI write up about how much stuff GW carried around for his comfort?

    Is it just me, or is this more not-so-subtle bashing of another FF?

    Geez Us Criminy.

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  7. Kairn

    December 19th, 2012

    When my husband and myself went to DC for the Sept 12, ’09 march we took a side trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon. What an incredible experience that was. It is hard to explain, but I felt more reverence walking all around the property moreso than going through the house itself. I’m sure the land, our American soil, meant more to him than any house or bed he ever rested his tired bones in.

    I felt deeply honored to see what Mr. Washington loved so much in life that is now being cared for so lovingly by patriotic Americans who greatly appreciate this amazing yet humble man who sacrificed much so that I could be born and raised in a nation free from tyranny.

    I pray his efforts were not a temporary endeavor. We all owe our founding father’s a lot more than we have been giving them lately.

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  8. even steven

    December 19th, 2012

    Going back seven generations, one of my ancestors, a lieutenant in the continental army, took his oath of allegiance to George Washington at Valley Forge. Since Washington wouldn’t serve with any officers who weren’t Freemasons, I wonder if my ancestor was already a Freemason or if that was when he joined. He got a land grant in what is now eastern Kentucky for his service.

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  9. Kairn

    December 19th, 2012

    “Why is the empahasis in the SI write up about how much stuff GW carried around for his comfort?

    Is it just me, or is this more not-so-subtle bashing of another FF?”

    I dunno. Perhaps.

    Fancy accoutrements for their day maybe. But I think we are all smart enough to know George Washington was not always luxuriating in comfort during that time frame. A tent, is a tent, is a tent. Not much separating man from the elements.

    Everything revolving around that time frame fascinates me. From the luxurious to the mundane. It is all part of history. It is all part of the ongoing story of mankind.

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