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Valley Forge National Historical Park

Replicated huts

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Replicated huts mark the site where General Peter Muhlenberg's Brigade anchored the outer line of defense.

Following their arrival December 19, 1777, the men immediately set to work building huts for shelter. General orders the preceding day specified the size and design of the huts: 14 x 16 feet each, 6 1/2 feet high, a door next to the street, and a fireplace in the rear. Despite the orders, hut size, location, and material varied - as these reconstructions demonstrate. Men from different regions were familiar with different building techniques, and few were skilled craftsmen. A surgeon's mate wrote home, "have one Dull ax to build a Logg Hutt. When it will be done knows not." By mid-January most soldiers were housed, twelve to a hut.

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