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King of Prussia in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Generals and Cattle Raids

 
 
Generals and Cattle Raids Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2007
1. Generals and Cattle Raids Marker
Inscription. The First and Second Pennsylvania Brigades, temporarily commanded by Brigadier General Anthony Wayne, encamped in this area. About 800 men served in each of the sixteen brigades at Valley Forge. An estimated 34,577 pounds of meat and 168 barrels of flour per day were needed to feed the army.

Soldiers relied on their home states and on the Continental Congress to supply food, clothing, and equipment. Shortages varied widely between the regiments. Any number of misfortunes – spoilage, bad roads, or capture by British foragers – could prevent supplies from reaching camp.

When food ran so low that mutiny seemed imminent, General Wayne led an emergency foraging expedition into New Jersey. Their mission: to round up all the cattle they could find, and to destroy what they could not bring with them. The owners concealed their herds in pine woods, and there were skirmishes with British foraging parties, but General Wayne was so successful that he became known as “The Drover.”
 
Erected by Valley Forge National Historical Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 40° 5.212′ N, 75° 26.652′ W. Marker is in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County
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By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
2. Marker at Valley Forge
. Marker is on Outer Line Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Monument is on the auto tour road in Valley Forge National Historical Park, on Outer Line Drive, just before Baptist Road. Located at stop four of the driving tour of Valley Forge. 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. Anthony Wayne (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania Division (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Unknown Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Valley Forge Hut (about 700 feet away); Pennsylvania Columns (approx. 0.3 miles away); To Build a Redoubt (approx. 0.4 miles away); Poorís Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in King of Prussia.
 
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is an illustration depicting cattle entering the encampment. On the upper right is a portrait of "Brigadier General Anthony Wayne, The statue faces towards the generalís home nearby."
 
Also see . . .  Valley Forge. National Park Service site. Under the Photos and Multimedia navigation section are links to various video and audio podcasts about Valley
Marker and Wayne Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
3. Marker and Wayne Statue
An equestrian statue of Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne can be seen beyond the Generals and Cattle Raids marker.
Forge. (Submitted on February 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Gen. Anthony Wayne Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2007
4. Gen. Anthony Wayne Statue
The Generals and Cattle Raids Marker is located beside this equestrian statue of Gen. Anthony Wayne. Wayne lived near Valley Forge, and the statue has the General looking in that direction.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,124 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on March 20, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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