"Lady Washington," hated camplife but brought light to all. The wealthy widow aged 27 married George Washington in 1759. For forty years, they shared a life of service to the colonies and the United States that followed. During the dark days at Valley Forge, Martha Washington was there to support the General and the rag tag troops, who called her Lady Washington. She organized local women and sources to supply food and clothing, which were nearly important as her care and moral support.
December 1777 With the British occupying Philadelphia just 20 miles away, the Continental Army enters winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. During the winter, supply arrangements will be improved and the Continental troops will be drilled and emerge as a more disciplined, unified fighting force.