“News from Camp: Officers Letters to
their Wives from the Valley Forge Encampment”
FIRST FALL MEETING FOR CHARLESTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10, 2018 7-9pm
CHARLESTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA
Enter at right side of building
Presentation by Dr. Nancy K. Loane titled “News from Camp: Officers Letters to their Wives from the Valley Forge Encampment”. Dr.Loane is a former seasonal park ranger at Valley Forge National Historic Park and a recognized authority on the women of the 1777 to 1778 encampment. She authored the book “Following the Drum – Women at the Valley Forge Encampment”.
The Officers of the Valley Forge encampment of 1777-78 were determined , courageous soldiers. Many of them were also lonesome, as beloved wives and cherished families had been left behind. Through the letters, written from the officers to their wives at home, you’ll get to know these diverse officers and their wives, discover something about marriage in the 18th century, and develop a new perspective about life at the encampment. Dr. Loane’s presentation is based on the letters in “Writings from the Valley Forge Encampment of the Continental Army” by Joseph Lee Boyle.