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Commander-in-Chief's Guard Huts - Valley Forge National Park, PA

The Commander-in-Chief's Guard huts are where soldiers in the Life Guard would live. These huts are reconstructed log structures representing the huts where soldiers of General George Washington's guards lived during the Valley Forge encampment. This was a hand-selected military unit that protected Washington, his family, and his belongings.

Washington made it a requirement that each "life guard," as they were called, be a native born American. Washington assumed the men would be loyal and had a strong interest in the success of the war.

Today, this tradition continues in the form of the Third United States Infantry - a unit that stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington.

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