George Washington - Valley Forge - Valley Forge, PA
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N 40° 06.133 W 075° 27.260
18T E 461276 N 4439201
George Washington is the essential component of Valley Forge, his image, actions, words and legacy to be found everywhere. It is only fitting an attributable quote from him was used for the Georgia State monument.
Waymark Code: WMHATG
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 06/16/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Lachlan McIntosh (March 17, 1725 – February 20, 1806) was a British-born American military and political leader during the American Revolution and the early United States. In a 1777 duel, he shot dead Button Gwinnett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Gwinnett’s allies had McIntosh charged with murder, but he was acquitted in the ensuing trial. George Washington, fearing Gwinnett’s allies would take revenge on McIntosh, ordered him to report to Continental Army headquarters on October 10. He spent the winter of 1777-1778 with the Continental Army at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where he commanded several regiments of North Carolina troops.

The Georgia State Monument is located on Valley Forge Road (Local Route 23) at the Inner Line Drive 22° right turn intersection. The monument is on the right or southeast side of the road if traveling northeast along Valley Forge Road. Parking is very, very difficult around here and there is no safe place to park except for parking areas far away. I visited the monument on Saturday, April 6, 2012 @ 4:17 PM, EDT & @ an altitude of 246 feet, ASL. I used a Canon PowerShot 14.1 Megapixel, SX210 IS digital camera for the photos.

The memorial was dedicated by the State of Georgia in 1959. To the rear of the monument is a recreated, log cabin/soldiers hut. The monument is a large gray slab of rock, all roughly hewn. The monument is 4 feet 4 inches high by 3 feet 9 inches across across and 2 feet deep. In the center of the granite is a bronze plaque attached with four decorative bolts to the granite. The inscription reads:

Gen. Lachlan McIntosh


"an officer of great worth and merit" George Washington

During the winter of Valley Forge, Gen. Lachlan McIntosh of Georgia
commanded the first brigade of the Continental Amy. The Brigade
which was composed of North Carolina regiments, was quartered
in this area. McIntosh also commanded Washington's Life Guard.

To commemorate the service of Gen. McIntosh and of other
Georgians in the young Republic's critical hour of
Valley Forge. The STATE OF GEORGIA has gratefully
erected this memorial.`

By tradition General McIntosh is reputed to have commanded Washington's "Life Guards" but this is, at present, unverified. Also, as of yet, I am unable to determine this is a contributing structure to the historic district.

1. Wikipedia
2. National Park Service
3. rootsweb/

Valley Forge National Historic Park Valley Forge Road (Local Route 23) King of Prussia, PA 19406

Website: [Web Link]

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