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Valley Forge, PA

Foto by Iliana

“Anything more than the truth would be too much.” ~Robert Frost


Valley Forge, PA 


Valley Forge

Stunning in the fall but deadly in the winter…

“We want, my dear sir, wine above all things, for our sick are now numerous, and our cases generally putrid….we also want sheets, shirts, candles, soap, writing as well as wrapping paper, pots, horn-spoons, and every other kind of hospital utensil.” James Fallon to Jonathan Potts, Yellow Springs, 27 April 1778. [11] The Yellow Springs Hospital, the first in the country to be built specially as a military hospital, was located about ten miles from the encampment. The hospital, which was under the direction of Dr. Samuel Kennedy, cared for hundreds of soldiers from Valley Forge. Supplies were sparse; hospital personnel ordered coffee, tea, chocolate, vinegar, kettles, salt, bed ticks, blankets —the list goes on and on —in addition to those items requested above. Gen. Washington visited Yellow Springs Hospital on 15 May 1778, speaking to every patient there, “which pleased the Sick exceedingly.”[12] About 2,000 soldiers died during that Valley Forge winter, most of them perishing, not at camp, but at Yellow Springs and other nearby (and other not-so-nearby) hospitals. Dr. Samuel Kennedy himself died in June, just before the army left Valley Forge.

Valley Forge

Bluedridge was not the only place where we tasted delectably delightful fall. One of the most pleasurable aspects of the trip was our stay-over in Philadelphia, PA, where you have the juxtaposition of blooming Nature with the bustling city. Took this picture at Valley Forge Historical Park, sight of the 1777-78 encampment of the Continental Army. The leaves on the trees were ablaze! This made the White Rabbit very happy indeed.

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ~George Eliot

Valley Forge Cabin Rows

“These cabins may appear sturdy from the outside, but a closer look reveals their
sparse and makeshift character. Imagine sleeping on one of those bunk beds.”

Please click here to view inside the cabin. 😀

Valley Forge Cabin Up Close

“At Valley Forge, there were shortages of everything from food to clothing to medicine. Washington‘s men were sick from disease, hunger, and exposure. The Continental Army camped in crude log cabins and endured cold conditions while the Redcoats warmed themselves in colonial homes. The patriots went hungry while the British soldiers ate well.”

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Valley Forge Fence and Structures

“It was the winter of 1777-78 that found George Washington and his volunteer army of 11,000 men freezing to death at a place called Valley Forge. The British had captured the American capital of Philadelphia early in the war. Washington wanted to winter close to the city to prevent further British expansion. So while the British troops quartered safe, warm, and well-fed in Philadelphia, General Washington and his men froze to death 22 miles away at Valley Forge.

To ease their suffering, Washington ordered his men to fell trees and build log cabins. They had no nails, hammers, or saws; only axes. Each cabin was a total of 22 square feet to house twelve men each.”

Here they are, the curious structures I found while following the fence at Valley Forge. Of course, these structures are recreated–that is, these are not the originals but we like to believe that they are close. Regardless, the frigid air and gloomy, gray skies recreated “something,” a peculiar feeling within my being–yes, my being. There was a strong presence that permeated the grounds of this historical park. That is for sure. This is captured with each twist of tree branch and each roll of the hills.

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valley forge fence continued

“Human beings are human beings. They say what they want, don’t they? They used
to say it across the fence while they were hanging wash. Now they just say it on
the Internet.”
~Dennis Miller

Another angle of the Valley Forge Fence. The fence leads to very curious structures, which I will post soon. Stay tuned!

valle forge fence

    “The wide world is all about you; you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.”

 ~J.R.R. Tolkien quotes

The quotes I choose for my pictures arrive from various sources: Books, magazines, websites, newspapers and more. There is always a connection between the photo and the quote/statement and so forth. At times, it  may be quite obvious; at other times, not so much–effort is necessary and still it may be difficult to see any connection. Be certain, a connection is always there. Sometimes, I choose the quote because I believe it should be shared; at other times, like this time, to illustrate, I choose it in order to learn from it. This usually happens whenever I chance upon a new quote like the one above–it is the first time I read it. I’m not a a Lord of the Rings fan, so there you go for the reason. The message rang a bell within my being; it talked to me. Gotta’ get out more, fer sur. I am, with my little friend: My camera–awesome company. 😀 Anyway, the fence at Valley Forge was amazing to see in person.

Valley forge canon

“Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when
nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country,
alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it.”

The Crisis by Thomas Paine

What a wintery moment–at near freezing temperatures aggravated by wind. Yet, these conditions were nothing when compared to the conditions faced by those who fought them with George Washington at Valley Forge. The 1777-1778 battle at Valley Forge had nothing to do with actual physical war with the British. This was a war against the elements–blizzard conditions. For more information, please click here.

valley forge

“Naked and starving as they are, we cannot enough admire the incomparable Patience and Fidelity of the Soldiery.” ~George Washington

In my photographs, I attempt to capture the essence of place. It’s a play with mood. To do this, it does not matter what camera you use; it is an ability to use the mind’s eye, which is not wholly precise of a science. You either do or you don’t with mostly “you don’ts”. Essence is abstract–no crystal clear picture is able to catch that which is by nature opaqued, hidden behind a curtain of mist.