The winter at Valley Forge was a tough time for General Washington and his 10,000 soldiers. Since General Howe was took Phillidelphia September 1777, Washington was forced to make a winter camp in Valley Forge, about 20 miles outside of Phillidelphia. It was a rough winter for Washington and his 10,000 soldiers. Very few had clothing and shoes, and food was scarce. Diseases, like smallpox, started to spred among the men, and many died.