You say you’ve heard that before? ‘Tis true. I cannot tell a lie. (You say you’ve heard that before as well?) You did know he had to sleep somewhere, right? A number of somewheres! Well, this is one of the somewheres!
During the time the Continental Army bivouacked at Valley Forge, most of the men slept in wooden huts that they’d made laboriously by hand (and axe.) I always had the impression that they nearly froze in tents, but during our recent trip to Valley Forge, I found out that wasn’t true, at least the tent part. Many of them probably felt as though they were freezing, dressed inadequately and without, in many cases, proper shoes or boots, and for much too long, food supplies were inadequate.
As both befits a leader and someone who needed a place for planning, George Washington slept in a home rented, with some furnishings, from Mrs. Deborah Hewes. Mrs. Hewes rented the house from her relative who owned it.
But this was no Airbnb rental, so not just George and Martha (anyone else think children’s books and hippos when they read that?) lived and slept there. A large number of officers and others were crammed into the lovely, but not spacious, house. There would have been a definite lack of privacy, with people coming and going at all hours. The remit was to keep an eye on those devilish British not far away in Philadelphia, not team-building experience, but the team slept here, too, at least some of them. It wasn’t just a walk in the (national) park!