Commander in Chief's Guards

Commander in Chief's Guards (HMJ8K)

Location: King of Prussia, PA 19406 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 6.105', W 75° 27.584'

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An Elite Security Force

— Valley Forge National Historical Park —

Always present, Washington's guard occupied huts here. This special detachment was created to protect the Commander in Chief, his official family, and his equipment, supplies, and papers. Washington required that each life guard, as they called themselves, be a native born American. It was assumed such men would be loyal, as they had a vested 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.

< Sidebar: > ? In General Orders issued from Headquarters in Cambridge on March 11, 1776 Washington stated he wanted men "for their sobriety, honesty, and good behaviour; he wishes them to be from five feet, eight inches high, to five feet, ten inches; handsomely and well made, and as there is nothing in his eyes more desirable, than Clealiness in a Soldier, he desires that particular attention may be made, in the choice of such men, as are neat, and spruce."
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HM NumberHMJ8K
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Placed ByValley Forge National Historical Park
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 6:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 460815 N 4439151
Decimal Degrees40.10175000, -75.45973333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 6.105', W 75° 27.584'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 6' 6.30" N, 75° 27' 35.04" W
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Area Code(s)484, 610, 215, 267
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10 Joseph Plumb Martin Trail, King of Prussia PA 19406, US
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