Sunday, September 27, 2009

Hardship and Perseverance

This monument looks alot bigger in person (click the picture if needed for a better view or to read the inscription)




This is the North Outer Line, the British would have had to come up the hill into canon and musket fire.
The Continental Army was in this area during winter of 1777-78.
This is a very historic place, it's called Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. It's about a 40 minute drive from my house. It's beautiful and very peaceful now, but during the winter of 1777-78 it was bitter cold and covered with snow. It's the place where the tired, poorly supplied and poorly clothed Continental Army camped for the winter and held their ground against The British Army. By this time the Americans had already lost two key battles, as well as Philadelphia (which is 20 miles northwest) to the British. The Americans under General George Washington used their time wisely at Valley Forge, drilling, building cabins,forts, bridges, etc and maturing as a fighting unit.

The monument in the top photo was dedicated in 1917 and commmemorates the "Patience and fidelity" of the soldiers who wintered here in 1777-78

Valley Forge is a large and fascinating National Historical Park. I've been there twice, but I figure it will take several more trips to soak it all in. Yesterday's photo was also taken at Valley Forge Historical Park.

The hardships that were indured by the Continetal Army have become ledgend.

"To see the men without clothes to cover their nakedness, without blankets to lie upon, without shoes...without a house or hut to cover them until those could be built, and submitting without a murmur, is a proof of patience and obedience which, in my opinion, can scarcely be paralleled."
-George Washington at Valley Forge, April 21, 1778

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43 comments:

ruma2008 said...

What a very grand view! ! I thank for that I was able to come across this eternal landscape. You made me happy enough. Thank you James, again. ruma

Sunny said...

I have read a lot about the hardships endured at Valley Forge.
Your first picture is exceptional, the flag against the blue sky is perfect. Always a pleasure to see your posts.
Sunny :)

Olivier said...

belle composition sur la deuxième photo. un ciel de rêve.

Vogon Poet said...

Great images for a very interesting post. You refreshed my memory about one of the most important places in history and you did it with a perfect choice of words, a great quote and a couple of beautiful photos.

cieldequimper said...

Very interesting post, an a triumph arch is a good way to honor.

Malyss said...

It was the time when French people came to help Americans to get their independance, or am I wrong?..
A beautyful place anyway, and so interesting.. The arch is quite impressive; I like memory places like this.

Kcalpesh said...

Beautiful monument in the first picture and an awesome looking sky in the second! Loved these pictures!

Regarding your comment on Ceremonial Art - 2

Traditionally Indian women get mehndi (henna) designs done on their hands for various occasions such as weddings, engagements....this one is bit detailed cause it was done for a wedding.....it's my wife's hand....i clicked this when we were out sightseeing on our honeymoon at Andaman Islands

Bibi said...

My grandfather used to take me on historical excursions when I was a child in Pa. I wish now I had paid more attention.

Alan Burnett said...

Fascinating post. And errr ... sorry about that little disagreement we had 200 years or more ago.

mbkatc230 said...

Beautiful shots of a gorgeous area. I just love historical parks, especially when they are not crowded. You can just feel the history of the area humming around you. Have a great week. Kathy

diane said...

Great photos and interesting historical notes. I'm a bit vague about American history so these stories help me piece it together.

B SQUARED said...

We Americans seem to have such short memories. We forget the price that was paid for our freedom and independence.

subtorp77 said...

Will have to get back here, one of these days. Spent too much time in Monmouth, NJ...spectacular shots, btw :)

Dimple said...

Beautiful shots, interesting notes. Seeing Valley Forge in good weather with grass and an expansive sky...It is difficult for me to imagine the hardships the patriots endured that winter.

Martha in PA said...

Great pics, great post... sadly so much of our youth have no idea about the importance of Valley Forge, Tara is in 7th grade and has yet to learn of the Revolutionary War in school. She told a friend from NY that we were going to Valley Forge one day and he said "What is that?"

Jacob said...

Very nice, James. We visited Valley Forge several times when we lived in West Chester...and in my role as a teacher of American history, the story of Valley Forgery usually held the student's interest.

It's a beautiful place...we even had picnics there...but to see all of the artifacts and buildings...yes, it's going to take more trips...

Cezar and Léia said...

Outstanding post dear James, so informative and interesting as well!
I loved the first shot, your shot is a piece of art!
Léia

Carol said...

The battle fields in PA are beautiful, I hope you show us more of these. Your first shot is impressive...as is Geo Washington's quote...

Lois said...

What a beautiful place!

siva // ശിവ said...

Beautiful images....

Donna Marie said...

Great Photos! I visited Valley Forge back when I was in Grade School. (Many Moons ago!) I don't remember much about it. I need to go back... it looks beautiful! :)

xoxoxoxo
Donna M

Asta said...

Hi James,

Beautiful shots.
Picture number 2 is amazing. Look at the sky! WOW!

Best regards
Asta

Your EG Tour Guide said...

You Americans have soooo many interesting battlefields. Interesting because I usually think of how the US fought in Europe and have never had to fight on their own land. WRONG!

itsnotjustapicture said...

enjoyed your post so very much...i wasn't too very far from you a couple weeks ago. it rained the entire weekend so my picture taking was very limited...
have a great week.

erin

thepurplejournal said...

Your photographs are beautiful ... I feel like walking into them! Thank you so much for sharing your part of the world with us.

Carver said...

What a beautiful day to visit the monnuments. Great shots and very interesting post.

Jack and Joann said...

We were there in November of 2007. It is worth a trip from Virginia to see this, especially in the fall.

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful, inspiring and informative post, James! Your photos are so gorgeous! What a wonderful day it must have been! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Have a great week!

Sylvia

eileeninmd said...

Great post and beautiful photos of Valley Forge. Thanks for sharing.

Pam said...

Gorgeous photo, James. I enlarged it so I could read the words. Great reminder of what the soldiers went through.
I was there along time ago and it is a wonderful park, so full of history.

Thom said...

Beautiful my friend :)

Cheryl said...

Very nice. I agree with B Squared comment about how much was sacrificed for our freedom.

Ebie said...

James, you have great adventures and photographs, and your shots aare impressive. Thanks for sharing its history.

P.S. I will join your meme starting this Friday. I have not been taking outdoor shots because of our extreme heat. See you around!

ewok1993 said...

Very interesting post.

chrome3d said...

They didn´t build this stuff here to admire the views. That´s too bad because they are worth it.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Lovely photos of Valley Forge and a wonderful historical posting.. cheers.

Lawstude said...

what a great memorial. and eventhough they don;t build it for the view, nevertheless the views are so awesome.

magiceye said...

awesome world!

Japa - cbanga360 said...

What a nice recall of history and historical world you have.

Sharodindu said...

Grand shot!
the most valueable part of a nation's history is freedom fight!

We all must feel proud to feel the glory of those days.

SloganMurugan said...

Simple and beautiful composition. Like all the other shots on the blog. Love it.

Corker2 said...

Your Image's of Valley Forge are very good. Have been there myself and enjoyed this place of History. I think that I have posted my visit on my Blog. Thanks for sharing.

Les

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