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Sheilah Vance, author of the award-winning novel, Becoming Valley Forge, talks about the history of the Valley Forge Encampment and the road leading up to it, from 9/11/1777, the Battle of Brandywine, through the VF Marchout, 6/19/1778. One episode is her reading a chapter from the novel, and the next explains the non-fiction history behind it. Learn about many fascinating characters whose paths converged when the Continental Army and a young nation confronted the reality and aftermath of war, revolution, and freedom as they became "Valley Forge." See www.becomingvalleyforge for more info.

Becoming Valley Forge Sheilah Vance

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Sheilah Vance, author of the award-winning novel, Becoming Valley Forge, talks about the history of the Valley Forge Encampment and the road leading up to it, from 9/11/1777, the Battle of Brandywine, through the VF Marchout, 6/19/1778. One episode is her reading a chapter from the novel, and the next explains the non-fiction history behind it. Learn about many fascinating characters whose paths converged when the Continental Army and a young nation confronted the reality and aftermath of war, revolution, and freedom as they became "Valley Forge." See www.becomingvalleyforge for more info.

    December 19, 1777–George Washington and the Continental Army March Out of Rebel Hill and Gulph Mills and on to Valley Forge; My Closing Thoughts

    December 19, 1777–George Washington and the Continental Army March Out of Rebel Hill and Gulph Mills and on to Valley Forge; My Closing Thoughts

    On December 19, 1777, General George Washington and the Continental Army marched out of my beloved Rebel Hill and Gulph Mills, down Gulph Road, past the Hanging Rock, and on to Valley Forge. Listen to what many others said about that day, Washington’s three final letters from “the Gulf,” and my closing thoughts about the six days encampment, growing up on Rebel Hill, and my novel, Becoming Valley Forge.

    As always, you can read about all six days in my mini-ebook, Six Days in December: General George Washington’s and the Continental Army’s Encampment on Rebel HIll:  December 13 - 19, 1777; or in my article, Valley Forge’s Threshold in the Journal of the American Revolution (https://allthingsliberty.com/2019/11/valley-forges-threshold-the-encampment-at-gulph-mills/).  And, you can read all about the Philadelphia Campaign in my novel, Becoming Valley Forge, in print or ebook at Amazon.

    I hope you enjoyed thsee podcasts on the six days encampment on Rebel Hill and Gulph Mills. Check back regularly for other podcasts on important days or matters during the Philadelphia Campaign.

    Thanks so much for your support!

    Peace—Sheilah

    • 16 min
    Day 6 - December 18, 1777: George Washington’s Army Celebrates the Nation’s First Thanksgiving on Rebel HIll and Gulph Mills and Prepares to Set Up Camp at Valley Forge

    Day 6 - December 18, 1777: George Washington’s Army Celebrates the Nation’s First Thanksgiving on Rebel HIll and Gulph Mills and Prepares to Set Up Camp at Valley Forge

    On Day 6 of the six days that Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army spent on Rebel Hill, Gen. Washington and the Continental Army celebrate the new nation’s first Thanksgiving on Rebel Hill and Gulph Mills.  And, Washington describes in great and precise detail, in his General Orders to the troops, the instructions for building and situating the huts when they arrive at Valley Forge the next day.  

    Listen to days 1 - 5 in previous episodes of this podcast.

    Read more about the six days in my article in the Journal of the American Revolution, Valley Forge’s Threshold: The Encampment at Gulph Mills, at https://allthingsliberty.com/2019/11/valley-forges-threshold-the-encampment-at-gulph-mills/, and in my mini-ebook, Six Days in December:  General George Washington and the Continental Army’s Encampment on Rebel Hill, December 13 - 19, 1777.

    Listen to tomorrow’s episode on the historic March to Valley Forge from Rebel Hill and Gulph Mills on December 19, 1777. 

    Until then, peace!

    Sheilah Vance

    • 13 min
    Day 5—December 17, 1777: George Washington issues inspirational orders announcing the establishment of winter quarters at Valley Forge & celebration of the nation’s First Thanksgiving on Rebel Hill

    Day 5—December 17, 1777: George Washington issues inspirational orders announcing the establishment of winter quarters at Valley Forge & celebration of the nation’s First Thanksgiving on Rebel Hill

    On Day 5 of the six days that Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army spent on Rebel Hill, Gen. Washington issues very inspirational General Orders announcing the decision to establish winter quarters at Valley Forge. He also announces that the Army will spend the new nation’s first Thanksgiving the next day on Rebel Hill in services as ordered by the Continental Congress.  Both Washington’s General Orders and the Continental Congress’ Thanksgiving Proclamation are included in this podcast in full because they are both inspiration and stirring.

    Listen to days 1 - 4 in previous episodes of this podcast.

    Read more about the six days in my article in the Journal of the American Revolution, Valley Forge’s Threshold: The Encampment at Gulph Mills, at https://allthingsliberty.com/2019/11/valley-forges-threshold-the-encampment-at-gulph-mills/.

    Listen to tomorrow’s episode on Day 6, the Thanksgiving celebration.

    Until then, peace!

    Sheilah Vance

    • 9 min
    Day 4 — December 16, 1777: Tents Arrive and British Soldiers are Captured

    Day 4 — December 16, 1777: Tents Arrive and British Soldiers are Captured

    This podcast covers Day 4 of the six days that General George Washington and the Continental Army encamped on Rebel Hill in 1777 from December 13 - 19, when they marched into Valley Forge

    Listen to Days 1 - 3 in previous episodes.

    Read more about the encampment in my mini-ebook, Six Days in December:  General George Washignton’s and the Continental Army’s Encampment on Rebel HIll, or in my article in the Journal of the American Revolution, titled, “Valley Forge’s Threshold:  The Encampment at Gulph Mills,” at https://allthingsliberty.com/2019/11/valley-forges-threshold-the-encampment-at-gulph-mills/.

    Come back tomorrow for Day 5!

    Peace—Sheilah Vance

    • 4 min
    Day 3 — December 15, 1777: The Continental Army Settles Down at Rebel Hill and Gulph Mills

    Day 3 — December 15, 1777: The Continental Army Settles Down at Rebel Hill and Gulph Mills

    This podcast covers Day Three of the six days that General Washington and the Continental Army encamped on Rebel Hill and Gulph Mills.  

    Listen to the episodes about the start of the encampment and Days 1 and 2 elsewhere on this podcast.

    You can read more about the six days in my article in the Journal of the American Revolution, www.allthingsliberty.com, titled Valley Forge’s Threshold:  The Encampment at Gulph Mills by Sheilah Vance or see my book, Six Days in December: General George Washington’s and the Continental Army’s Encampment on Rebel Hill, on Amazon.

    Listen tomorrow to Day 4.

    Peace—Sheilah Vance

    • 11 min
    Day 2 — December 14, 1777: Hardship Plagues the Continental Army at “the Gulph”

    Day 2 — December 14, 1777: Hardship Plagues the Continental Army at “the Gulph”

    This podcast segment covers Day 2 of General George Washington’s and the Continental Army’s six day encampment on Rebel HIll and Gulph Road.

    You can read about all six days on my blog, www.becomingvalleyforge.com, or read my mini-ebook, Six Days in December:  General George Washington’s and the Continental Army’s Encampment on Rebel HIll, December 13 - 19. 1777, on Amazon .

    Hope you enjoy this episode!

    Peace—Sheilah Vance

    • 7 min

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