King of Prussia in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“Crowded and Very Sickly”
All kinds of “Dirt and Filth” were ordered burned or buried. General Orders in May requested mud plaster removed, huts made as airy as possible, and “the Powder of a Musquet Cartridge burnt in each hut daily to purify the Air.”
As filth and offal accumulated in and around the huts, the number of sick increased. Washington continually issued orders to clean up the huts.
“ . . . the smell was in some places intolerable, owing to the want of Necessaries or the Neglect of them . . . ”
June 10 the Army moved from huts to tents.
At camp, brigade hospitals treated the less seriously ill and those recovering from the small-pox inoculation. When the sick overflowed these “flying hospitals,” meeting houses and barns within a few miles of camp were pressed into service.
The seriously ill were moved to general hospitals at Yellow Springs, Bethlehem, Lititz, Reading and Ephrata.
Erected by National Park Service
Location. 40° 6.052′ N, 75° 26.875′ W. Marker is in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Historic Trace Road south of North Inner Line Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in Valley Forge National Historical Park, on the historic trace near the von Steuben statue. Marker is in this post office area: King of Prussia PA 19406, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Huntingtonís Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Huntingtonís Brigade (about 300 feet away); A Pointed Defense (about 700 feet away); The Grand Parade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Training for Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Major General Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben (approx. 0.2 miles away); Varnumís Quarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Varnumís Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in King of Prussia.
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of a nurse tending to sick patients. A map showing the location of Valley Forge and the flying hospitals appears on the markerís right side.
Also see . . . Valley Forge National Historical Park. (Submitted on March 22, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 643 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 22, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.