The March To Valley Forge, December 16, 1777

Date:
1883
Creator:
William Brooke Thomas Trego (1859-1909)

One of the most iconic commemorative works on the American Revolution, William Trego's March to Valley Forge was painted in Philadelphia and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1883. Trego's inspiration was a passage from Washington Irving's Life of Washington: "Sad and dreary was the march to Valley Forge, uncheered by the recollection of any recent triumph. Read more »

Description (physical):

Oil on canvas. L: 78", H: 38". 

Identifier:
2003.00.0415

Touch Hole Pick And Brush

Publisher/Studio:
George C. Neumann Collection

The Revolutionary War soldier carried tools to service his musket, including the pick and brush. It was used to brush out the musket's flash pan and clear the musket's touchhole of accumulated black powder residue.

Description (physical):

Iron, possibly pine needles. L 17.2 cm

Location:
1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia,Pennsylvania 19406
Identifier:
VAFO 1582
Institution:
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Canteen

Date:
1750-1870
Publisher/Studio:
George C. Neumann Collection
Description (physical):

Wood, iron. H 8.8, D 16.5 cm

Location:
1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia,Pennsylvania 19406
Identifier:
2010.0003.0016
Institution:
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Creepers

Publisher/Studio:
George C. Neumann Collection

Strapped to shoes or boots, ice creepers or cleats, allowed the soldier to cross frozen surfaces.

Description (physical):

Iron, leather. L 10.2, W 3.2, H 5.1 cm

Location:
1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia,Pennsylvania 19406
Identifier:
VAFO 1313
Institution:
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Fork

Date:
1750-1820
Publisher/Studio:
George C. Neumann Collection
Description (physical):

Wood, brass. L 19.1 cm

Location:
1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia,Pennsylvania 19406
Identifier:
VAFO 1172
Institution:
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Pocket Knife

Date:
1750-1850
Publisher/Studio:
George C. Neumann Collection
Description (physical):

Iron alloy, wood. L 18.6 cm

Location:
1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia,Pennsylvania 19406
Identifier:
VAFO 868
Institution:
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Razor

Publisher/Studio:
George C. Neumann Collection

Soldiers used the straight razor for shaving.

Description (physical):

Steel, wood. L 14.7 cm

Location:
1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia,Pennsylvania 19406
Identifier:
2010.0003.0020
Institution:
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Pipe

Date:
c. 1770
Publisher/Studio:
George C. Neumann Collection
Description (physical):

Clay. H 3.8, L 5.5 cm

Location:
1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia,Pennsylvania 19406
Identifier:
VAFO 1489
Institution:
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Mouth Harp

Publisher/Studio:
George C. Neumann Collection

Musical instrument also called a jew's-harp. This example lacks the steel vibrator.

Description (physical):

Iron. L 5.6 cm

Location:
1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia,Pennsylvania 19406
Identifier:
VAFO 1327
Institution:
Valley Forge National Historical Park

French Playing Cards

Date:
c. 1774
Publisher/Studio:
George C. Neumann Collection
Description (physical):

Paper. L 8.3, W 5.5 cm

Location:
1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia,Pennsylvania 19406
Identifier:
VAFO 1223; 1779; 1781; 1782; & 1283
Institution:
Valley Forge National Historical Park