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Valley Forge is not the site of a great battle, but it has long been recognized as the site of a great victory – a victory of the human spirit. It was a triumph of endurance & dedication over starvation, nakedness, cold, disease, & uncertainty. In addition, it marks the transition of a determined but disparate, untrained, and independent-minded band of men into an effective, disciplined fighting force. For generations of Americans, Valley Forge has provided a symbol of patriotic devotion, epitomizing the ideals which brought our nation into being and which have determined its character throughout the succeeding years. John B. Trussell Jr.’s document seeks to convey some idea of what the experience was like for the men who endured and, in the end, surmounted it.