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240th Anniversary of Valley Forge “The Crisis”



At 10am, Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at the Front Royal Quality Inn, the Shenandoah Christian Alliance will present a program entitled “Valley Forge—The Crisis.” The program tells of the horrid suffering 240 years ago of soldiers fighting for American Independence. The speaker is the Rev. Larry Johnson, the great(x4) grandson of a Revolutionary War Soldier from North Carolina. Public is invited. RSVP Dale Carpenter at 540.225.4790.

The program allows attendees to experience a breakfast of what the soldiers had to eat and drink- “rice and liberty tea.” A regular breakfast will be served, too. The story tells of General George Washington’s Army moving into Valley Forge in the cold snowy December of 1777.  The war hung in the balance with hope dying as our Capital fell into the hands of the British and our Continental Congress members fleeing for their lives. It is now left to Washington and his “rag tag” army to save what the soldiers called our “Glorious Cause.” There were many soldiers from this area at Valley Forge.

At Valley Forge nearly 3,000 soldiers died from starvation, disease, and freezing; soldiers without shoes, clothes, or protection from the cold. This story is in their own words taken from diaries, letters, and doctors’ notes. Vivid details are revealed of the suffering, death, and determination of our patriot forefathers who fought in America’s struggle for Freedom. This history uncovers the intervention of George Washington’s “Providence.”

Larry W. Johnson is well known for his historical programs on the American Revolution from the stand point of the “common soldier.” He is a member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and past President of the Col. James Wood II Chapter serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley. He may be reached at 1.540.635.5521. Cell 1540.454.4129.

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