A contribution to regional study in a fascinating history of Valley Forge, not solely as a winter camp for the revolutionary army, but the valley itself. Early settlements by Swedes, Quakers, Welsh; development of rich farming country; prosperity through the forges. Then the war -- and the winter headquarters, the horrible winter of privation and sickness more vivid than ever. Finally, the founding of the park commission to preserve the valley as a memorial. Mr. Wildes knows the region at first hand and has done a good job. Local interest -- and general Americana value.