King of Prussia in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
December 19, 1777 – June 19, 1778
When the Continental Army wintered here, every acre was heavily used – for entrenchments, stock pens, an artillery park, and parade grounds. Fields turned to mud. Within decades after the war, the scene had returned to woodlots and farmland. The tour route circles the encampment, now marked by earthworks and monuments.
Erected by Valley Forge National Historical Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. 40° 5.827′ N, 75° 25.516′ W. Marker is in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Outer Line Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in Valley Forge National Historical Park on the auto tour road. 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. Greene’s Division ( within shouting distance of this marker); Log City ( within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers’ Huts ( within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Greene’s Division DeKalb’s Division ( approx. 0.4 miles away); DeKalb's Division (Learned's Brigade) ( approx. half a mile away); Maine ( approx. half a mile away); Patriots of African Descent ( approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in King of Prussia.
More about this marker. The marker features a map of the Valley Forge encampment. Another map of the Outer Line Defenses appears on the upper right of the marker, with the caption “A natural triangle of defense: the Schuylkill River, Mount Joy, and the ridge with the Outer Line earthworks. This map was sketched by Brig. Gen. Louis Lebeque Duportail, Chief Engineer of the Continental Army. Duportail was one of several French officers who volunteered to help the patriot cause.”
The bottom right of the marker features a picture of soldiers digging entrenchments. It has a caption of “Extending into the distance, an almost continuous line of earthworks formed the Outer Line Defenses. If the British attacked from the south, they would have had to climb this open slope, while Americans fired from high ground.
Also see . . . Valley Forge National Historical Park. National Park Service. (Submitted on July 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Military • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary •
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