Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge
(founded 1976)

No Society in Illinois or Wisconsin.

For membership information please contact:

The Commissary General
Society of the Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge
Post Office Box 915, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0915


Membership Requirements

Descendants over eighteen years of age of a soldier serving in the Continental Army under the command of His Excellency, General George Washington at the encampment at Valley Forge in 1777-1778 are eligible for Regular Membership. Descendants under eighteen years of age are eligible for Junior Membership.

Objectives

To emulate the spirit of glorious and undying loyalty with which His Excellency, General George Washington's tattered and starving army endured hardships beyond description at Valley Forge to insure the success of the American Revolution. To uphold their ideals, and to resist any ideology or effort contrary to the values for which they served.

To compile the Roll of our honored dead at Valley Forge for the purpose of preserving their names for posterity. To compile the Rolls of all the soldiers at the encampment for the same purpose. To discover and publish the incidents of the encampment at Valley Forge.

History

Until the Bicentennial of American Independence, there had been no general effort to draw up the Roll of perhaps as many as 3,000 soldiers who died in and around Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, while encamped there with His Excellency, General George Washington during that fateful winter of 1777-1778, and the months that followed.

The Society of the Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge was founded on March 25, 1976, by Mr. Donald G. Cronan of Manhasset, New York, for the purpose of compiling the Roll, and of preserving the identity of the individual soldiers, especially those who lie in unmarked graves.

The first meeting of the Society was held in Washington's headquarters at Valley Forge on October 23, 1976, as part of a military ceremony prior to the Organizational Committee Meeting held at the Washington Memorial Chapel Library. The launching of the Society was a Federally-registered Bicentennial project, and the first Encampment of its members took place over Washington's Birthday weekend in 1978, to commemorate the anniversary of the encampment of the Continental Army. The Society Encampment has become an annual event, scheduled to take place in the time frame of the original encampment, from December 19 through June 19.


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