History of the Log Cabin Intrinsically a log cabin may have but little value. Looking back into that bottomless vale of memory, this rough hewn room of logs conveys a value so great that it is beyond the ken of mortal man to figure. Thus it is with the Memorial Cabin of the 314th Infantry, located on a beautiful knoll overlooking the Schuylkill River at Valley Forge, that shrine of American Independence. Log for log, and stone for stone, it is the identical cabin that brings to mind the long and arduous days of Camp Meade, when men were men preparing for a conflict beyond the seas. Back in those hectic days of the fall of 1917 when Camp Meade presented a desolate and disordered sight with miles of sandy wilderness dotted here and there by what little nature could push up above the poor soil, the early arrivals built a log cabin. Material at that time was scarce. The abundance of stores that later presented itself was in the making. Necessity forced those early pilgrims to use their initiative out of which rose the log cabin, from trees felled on the reservation, from hardware collected from the hinterland of the camp, and from other materials left by nature. Spikes were hammered out of horseshoes and the massive hinges on the doors were shaped from wagon tires. Situated just beyond regimental headquarters the log cabin became a sort of shrine to the thousands who poured through the camp. It was something unique in the realm of soldierdom and it stood as an insignia of the regiment. A memorial to those who lost their all was suggested. What better monument could be reared than the cabin made by some of the very men who perished on the bloody fields of the Argonne? Log by log and stone by stone the Cabin was taken down and transported from Camp Meade to Valley Forge, where it now stands as an everlasting memorial to the men of the 314th.