The Army at Valley Forge

The Continental Army encamped at Valley Forge was a varied group. Soldiers enlisted for a variety of reasons, from pay and land, to adventure and patriotism. While every soldier had his own reason for joining the Continental Army, it was at Valley Forge, that they drilled and learned to work together as a unified military force. Many of the regiments in the Continental Army were racially integrated, White soldiers lived and trained side by side with African-American and American Indian soldiers. This would be the only time in American history where the Army would have racially integrated units until President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981 on July 26, 1948 leading to the desegregation of the American Military.

African-Americans at Valley Forge

American Indians at Valley Forge

Last updated: October 2, 2015

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