Yesterday, on the Fourth of July, we took the girls to Valley Forge. They said they enjoyed it - the encampment, the reading of the Declaration, Washington's Headquarters, - everything! There is also a church there and I came across a society that I had not heard of before: the Society of the Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge. The Society, according to its website, was founded by Donald G. Cronan of Manhassett, New York. The purpose of the Society was "to compile a roll and preserve the identity of the individual soldiers, especially those who lie in unmarked graves".
Private Jacob Eckman died at Valley Forge that fateful winter. Pvt. Eckman served under Capt. John Lorah in the German Regiment, 5th Division in Brigadier General Peter Muhlenberg's Brigade. He died there on 20 May 1778.