A brigade in the Continental Army was composed of several regiments from the same state or region. Most brigades were named for their commander, although in some cases the commander was present only part of the time (Weedon and Huntington). In other instances the commander was never at Valley Forge at all (Glover and Learned). In these situations, an acting commander was appointed, and if known, those officers are noted.

Below are the brigades that were present at some point during the Valley Forge encampment.

Varnum’s Brigade

Poor’s Brigade

Huntington’s Brigade

1st Pennsylvania (Wayne’s) Brigade

2nd Pennsylvania Brigade

3rd Pennsylvania Brigade

North Carolina Brigade

Scott’s Brigade

Woodford’s Brigade

Paterson’s Brigade

Learned’s Brigade

Glover’s Brigade

Muhlenberg’s Brigade

Weedon’s Brigade

1st Maryland Brigade

2nd Maryland Brigade

Maxwell’s Brigade

Brigade of Artillery


Painting courtesy of Don Troiani,