As it turned out for the troops, food, clothing, and supplies were in very short supply until Washington persuaded Congress to send the badly needed supplies. Washington gave Baron von Steuben the job of training the troops and he taught the men new skills and how to fight as a unified army. With 12,000 troops and 400 women and children, the camp was the 4th largest city in America for the 6 months it was in existence.
We knew there was not much to actually see here as is often the case with these sties but we also knew we should be able to get in a good walk. We actually saw more than expected and the walk and weather were very nice:
|Washington Memorial Chapel|
|in the courtyard a statue to mothers of the nation|
|Reconstructed cabins dot the park to show how the soldiers lived|
|12 to a cabin!|
|The National Memorial Arch honors the soldiers perseverance and expresses hope for future generations|
It also turned out to be a good bird day! You would think it was spring not the middle of October!!
|a cannon faces Philadelphia which was a full days march then|
|George Washington's headquarters, the house was rented from the land owner|
one of the rooms Washington prepared strategy with his officers
|Washington's stayed on the farm where his headquarters were|
Nearby in Parkesburg, we found a winery and brewery to check out:)