George Washington to left of center with blue cape across his proper right shoulder. His proper left hand rests on top of a canon. Men gathered to his right in conversation around campfire.
The unforgettable suffering and endurance associated with Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-1778, is alluded to in this print. “An army of skeletons appeared before our eyes naked, starved, sick and discouraged,” wrote New York’s Governor Morris of the Continental Congress. Here George Washington stands with his cloak wrapped around his shoulders looking concerned. His right hand is resting on a cannon, as if to remind himself of his purpose, while his troops sit huddled around a fire in the background. George Washington accused Congress of having little feeling for the distressed soldiers and wrote that he felt “superabundantly for them and from my soul pity those miseries which were neither in my power to relieve or prevent.”