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Many Americans are familiar with the story of George Washington’s Continental Army struggling through the cold, snow, and hunger of the Valley Forge winter. In New Jersey, the Morristown winter of 1780 is remembered as having been even worse than Valley Forge. Aside from weather and supply problems, however, little has been written on how these camps were planned, built, and maintained.
This lecture tells the complete story of the winter encampments, beginning with the army’s first attempts at building rudimentary winter shelter outside of Boston in 1775 all the way to its sophisticated cantonment at New Windsor, New York in 1783. While these locations never hosted a battle, they provided crucial winter bases for the army and ultimately made decisive contributions to American victory in the War of Independence.
Steven Elliott is a lecturer in the Department of History at Rutgers University–Newark and author of "Surviving the Winters: Housing Washington's Army during the American Revolution."
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