February 24, 1778

The men suffer greatly; at one point the army's "effective combat-strength" is down to only 6,000, with another 2,000 men in field hospitals.

About one mile further down the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail from the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts is the National Memorial Arch. Read the inscription on each side of the arch. Take a minute and reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women here at Valley Forge.

Use the image-links below to learn more, or to navigate the timeline.
Log huts sit in the snow under a clear blue sky.

January, 1778

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

The inside of a concrete arch with words and names inscibed upon it.

National Memorial Arch

A memorial to the sacrifices of the soldiers.

A painting of Revolutionary War General Nathaniel Greene

March 3, 1778

Nathanael Greene is appointed Quarter-master General.

Last updated: April 14, 2016

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