King of Prussia in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Why Valley Forge?
Just 20 miles outside Philadelphia, Valley Forge was close enough to monitor British army activities but far enough away to prevent a surprise attack. Washington used this hilly country to his advantage, building defensive lines on the ridges overlooking Philadelphia to the east and nestling the camp against the Schuylkill River to prevent attack from the north. From here he also could protect the outlying regions, including York, where the Continental Congress had ﬂed. The area had abundant fresh water, trees for shelter and firewood, and food and forage from local farms.
Military Action Leading to Valley Forge
After landing at the Head of Elk on the Chesapeake Bay, the British army marched north to capture the American capital, Philadelphia. Although the Continental Army tried valiantly to save the city, their losses at Brandywine and Germantown sealed the city's fate. The move to Valley Forge prevented the British from making any inroads into Pennsylvania’s interior, still heavy with supplies.
National Park Service, Harpers Ferry Center.
Erected by Valley Forge National Historical Park.
Location. 40° 6.151′ N, 75° Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia PA 19406, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington’s Headquarters (here, next to this marker); North of the River (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Remembering Valley Forge (about 400 feet away); Commander in Chief’s Guards (about 400 feet away); Headquarters Complex (about 600 feet away); Did You Know? (about 700 feet away); The Village of Valley Forge (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in King of Prussia.
Also see . . . Valley Forge National Historical Park. National Park Service (Submitted on September 14, 2014.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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