Benjamin Franklin began publishing the yearly almanac under the pseudonym of Poor Richard or Richard Saunders. It was in publication from 1732 to 1758 and was the best seller in the colonies. Print runs reached 10,000 per year.
General George Washington lead his army of nearly 11,000 poorly nourished and battle fatigued men to the Valley Forge military camp of the Continental Army in Pennsylvania. The ill-equipped army spent the winter there during the Revolutionary War. At one point the supply shortages caused nearly 4,000 men to be listed as unfit for duty. About half of these men died from sickness and disease.
Valley Forge became a National Historical Park in 1976.