Missing Piece Found from President Washington's Tent

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- On the eve of George Washington's 275th birthday, historians are announcing an important discovery. It turns out a large scrap of cloth found at Washington's home is a missing piece from a tent he'd used at Valley Forge.

Back in 1777, the tent was his primary residence. Yes, George Washington really slept there. He also met there with dignitaries including Alexander Hamilton. And he later used the tent as an outdoor extension of his headquarters.

A textile expert, working to conserve the tent, found the fabric panel almost two years ago at Washington's Mount Vernon home in Virginia. But it was just last month when she confirmed it's the lost piece of the tent.

Not much is known about how the piece got separated, or when it happened. The plan now is to sew it back together and eventually display it.

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