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"He Himself Will Share in the Hardship, and Partake of Every Inconvenience": Finding George Washington at Valley Forge

Author(s): Joe Blondino

Year: 2015

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Recent excavations at General Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge have provided a somewhat rare glimpse of the Continental Army’s Commander in Chief. The house occupied by the General during his six month stay at the Valley Forge encampment served as both Washington’s residence and fulfilled the role of headquarters of the entire rebel army during that period. Excavations at the site yielded a great deal of information about everyday life at headquarters, as well providing insight into how the militarization of a domestic landscape manifests in ways which are both subtle and overt. Headquarters serves as a prime example of how such sites must be viewed as neither strictly military nor domestic spaces, but as places where Washington and other high-ranking personnel negotiated between their private and professional lives to normalize their experiences during wartime.


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"He Himself Will Share in the Hardship, and Partake of Every Inconvenience": Finding George Washington at Valley Forge. Joe Blondino. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433762)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 412

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America