The Muster Roll Project

The Valley Forge Muster Roll, a project of the Valley Forge Park Alliance, is dedicated to those who were at winter quarters from December 19, 1777, to June 19, 1778. The Continental Army used monthly muster rolls to track the army’s strength. Each roll contains names, ranks, dates of enlistment, and other notes on soldiers’ assignments, activities, or conditions.

New entries are welcomed based on providing the following kinds of primary documentation. You may also contact us to provide additional information about individuals that are currently listed on the Valley Forge Muster Roll.

Detail from General George Washington during the Philadelphia Campaign 1777 by Don Troiani

Suggested documentation

To be added to the Valley Forge Muster Roll, please provide the following primary documentation:

  • Payroll stub
  • Application for a Pension
  • Discharge papers
  • Original Muster Roll records

Please send documentation to musterroll@vfparkalliance.org  or mail to:

Valley Forge Park Alliance
Attention: Muster Roll
P.O. Box 117
Valley Forge, PA 19481

For additional information in authenticating your ancestry, please visit www.fold3.com.

Quote of the Month

The troops were not idle during the encampment, as attested to by Washington’s orders below.  Even while dug in at Valley Forge, some of the troops were actively harassing the enemy, gathering and disrupting communications from the British, discouraging local farmers from trading with the British, and protecting future war materiel, such as boats along the Delaware.

Valley Forge, 7 May 1778

The detachment under your comd is designed to answer the following purposes—become a security to this Camp, & the Country between the Schuylkill & Delaware. interrupt the communication with Philadelphia—obtain intelligence of the motion, and designs of the enemy—and, aided by the Militia, prevent small parties of the Enemy from patrolling, to cover the market people; whilst large Parties, especially if any attempt should be made on this side the Delaware to destroy the Vessels above Bristol, are to be harrassed as much as possible, till notice there of can be communicated to me.

– George Washington to Brigadier General William Maxwell
The Papers of George Washington – Founders Archive

Original spelling and usage maintained for accuracy.

Personalized Muster Roll Certificate and Mug

Commemorate your distinguished heritage with personalized products specific to your ancestor.

To Purchase: Click here to search the Muster Roll for your ancestor. Click MORE DETAILS. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view information that will appear on your personalized Muster Roll Certificate and/or Muster Roll Mug.

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Support the Muster Roll

This project, a fully volunteer operation, needs your support so that all of the soldiers that encamped at Valley Forge will be remembered well into our shared future. We welcome your support to maintain the Muster Roll as a free service so that everyone can discover or add to the legacy of the brave Americans at Valley Forge.

Add your name to the Honorary Muster Roll when you make a tax-deductible contribution of $20 or more. Thank you for your generosity.

Yours in Service to our Shared Heritage,
The Valley Forge Park Alliance

Painting courtesy of Don Troiani