The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: December 4

WILLIAMSBURG, December 4, 1777.
As sundry inhabitants of this city, moved by the sufferings of our soldiers under the command of His Excellency General Washington, at this inclement season, have lately sent to my care several pair of stockings, blankets, and shoes, to be transmitted to the camps with all possible expedition, it is hoped that all the good people of this state will follow such a laudable example, and forward to some proper and convenient place, in every county, such articles as they can best furnish towards relieving the distresses of our brave men, subjected to undergo another winter's campaign. I trust some gentlemen in each county of this state will take upon them the trouble of collecting and receiving such necessaries as can be procured, and signify the quantity and place; that I may send for them. W. HINNIE, D.Q.M.G.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) December 5, 1777
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The Continental Army moved to winter quarters in Valley Forge Pennsylvania on December 19. The inclement weather and supply shortages that the soldiers endured is well known.

Sources: Fremont-Barnes, v4 "Valley Forge"

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