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Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Grand Parade

 
 
The Grand Parade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2007
1. The Grand Parade Marker
Inscription.  
Cannon smoke clouds the fields below. A roar of muskets crisscrosses the Grand Parade as thousands of double-ranked troops perform a feu de joie (“fire of joy.”)

To celebrate the signing of the French Treaty of Alliance, General Washington reviews the troops of the entire encampment May 6, 1778. The Grand Parade becomes a showplace for the newly trained and disciplined Continental Army – a tribute to Baron von Steuben’s intensive drilling.

The signing of the Treaties of Commerce and Alliance with France was a crucial step forward victory. For the first time, a major power officially recognized the independence of the United States, assuring a steady flow of foreign aid. France soon became Great Britain’s open enemy.
 
Erected by National Park Service Valley Forge National Historical Park Dept. of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 6, 1807.
 
Location. 40° 
Valley Forge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
2. Valley Forge Marker
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6.181′ N, 75° 26.793′ W. Marker is in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Valley Forge Road (Pennsylvania Route 23) and Inner Line Drive, on the right when traveling east on Valley Forge Road. Marker is on the auto tour road of the Valley Forge National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: King of Prussia PA 19406, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Training for Victory (a few steps from this marker); Major General Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben (a few steps from this marker); Varnum’s Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Huntington’s Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Huntington’s Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Crowded and Very Sickly” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Varnum’s Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1st and 2nd Rhode Island Regiments (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upper Merion Township.
 
More about this marker. The background on the marker is an illustration depicting a ceremonial salute firing. In the upper right is a portrait of Major General Friedrich von Steuben. Below the portrait is a "Satire published in 1778 showing France – an avenging angel – saving Philadelphians from the British."
 
Also see . . .  Valley Forge. National Park Service site. (Submitted on February 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
The Grand Parade image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2007
3. The Grand Parade
The Grand Parade was located in the center of the Valley Forge encampment.
Baron von Steuben image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2007
4. Baron von Steuben
The Grand Parade marker is located near this statue of Gen. von Steuben.
Satire detail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2007
5. Satire detail
Satire published in 1778 showing France – an avenging angel – saving Philadelphians from the British.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,180 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   2. submitted on March 20, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3, 4, 5. submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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