Marching Out of Valley Forge

When word of the British departure from Philadelphia reached General Washington and his men at Valley Forge, the Continental Army sprung into action. On June 19, 1778, six months after their arrival, the army marched away from Valley Forge in pursuit of the British who were moving toward New York. An ordeal had ended. The war would last for another five years, but General Washington and his men left Valley Forge feeling as though a decisive victory had been won. It was a victory not of weapons but of will. The spirit of Valley Forge was now a part of the Continental Army.

Washington's troops emerged to pursue and successfully fight Lt. Gen. Sir Henry Clinton's British Army at the Battle of Monmouth in New Jersey. The ordered ranks, martial appearance, revived spirit, and fighting skill of the American soldiers showed that a great transformation occurred amidst the cold, sickness, and hardship that was Valley Forge.

Learn more about Valley Forge:

Why Valley Forge?
Setting Up Camp
Training a Fighting Force
Diversity of the Revolutionary Soldiers
Marching Out of Valley Forge
Visiting Valley Forge National Historical Park