Texas Brigade, Society of the Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge Papers | University of North Texas Special Collections
The Texas Brigade, Society of the Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge Papers is a collection which highlights the society’s main purpose: to preserve the identities of the soldiers who fought at Valley Forge, PA. In 1976, the organization submitted an application with the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration; marking the Society as an authorized Bicentennial Project. Descendants, both men and women, of the soldiers who fought at Valley Forge were welcome to apply for membership to the society. Members gathered officially, on October 23, 1976, for their first meeting in General Washington’s headquarters.
Soon after the first meeting, the Society’s members gathered to compile objectives for the organization. The objectives, including the aforementioned main purpose, includes: to mirror the loyal spirit of General Washington’s army - soldiers who encountered great adversity while ensuring the success of the American Revolution; to advocate the ideals of general Washington’s loyal soldiers; to resist ideology contradictory to the character of these men; to create a roll of all soldiers at the Historic encampment to honor the fallen soldiers; and to research and publish the incidents which took place at the Historic encampment.
Following the mission statement set forth by the national society, the Texas Brigade was chartered in May of 1990. At the brigade’s first meeting in July on 1990, charter members were recognized, officers were selected, and a meeting schedule was solidified. Texas descendants of those who fell at Valley Forge continue to honor their ancestors by upholding the values of General Washington’s loyal army and of the Society.
Contents of materials in the collection include papers documenting the history of the national society and the Texas Brigade; organizational bylaws; meetings and minutes of the Texas Brigade; scholarship information about awards available to members and students; as well as photographs from the meeting and minutes sleeves.