February 6, 1778

The French Alliance, which ensures recognition of the United States, is signed in Paris.

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Log huts sit in the snow under a clear blue sky.

January, 1778

Huts are built, and the army digs in for the winter.

A French Officer inspects Continental Army Soldiers portrayed by reenactors.

Washington Memorial Chapel

Join the observance of French Alliance Day and more at the Washington Memorial Chapel.

An engraving of General Washington inspecting the soldiers in deplorable conditions.

February 24, 1778

Death, disease and desertion cause the army to shrink to 6,000 soldiers.

Last updated: April 12, 2016

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