The Continental Army was having a very rough time in the winter of 1777. At Valley Forge, George Washington built a winter camp there. That’s where the soldiers lived and worked. The conditions at the camp were terrible. It was a very difficult place to live because it was very cold, they had worn-out shoes and socks, and sickness was spreading. Since it was so bad some of the soldiers were leaving, but others were staying loyal. Now, if I was a soldier at in Washington’s army and I had to ask myself the question: Would have I quit at Valley Forge? My answer is no, I wouldn’t have quit at Valley Forge because only 15% of all people there died, there is help on the way, and because of the inspirational words of Thomas Paine. The first reason I have for staying is that just 15% of all people at Valley Forge actually died, that is not enough to make to quit. The first piece of evidence I have, comes from Document A. On February 1st, 1778 3,989 out of 8,000 soldiers were sick. Clearly these numbers show that just under 50% were sick, which is a lot of people. So, there was a high amount of illness spreading throughout the camp, but not all of those people who were sick, actually died. My second piece of evidence also comes from Document A. It says that 1,800 out of 12,000 soldiers died. This evidence explains that even though half are sick, which is a lot, only 15% are dying. That means that I have a low chance of dying at Valley Forge. …show more content…
In Document B it states that the Congressional Committee, “was helpful in getting more food and clothing to the soldiers.” This evidence tells me that the Congress is providing more supplies to the army, which they desperately need. In Document B it also states that, “The committee… stayed several weeks” This obviously explains that the Committee gave the army extra help. But more importantly, it shows the Committee cared enough to stay and help the
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Valley Forge is where George Washington came to a winter camp next to Pennsylvania and tried to help because of the harsh weather and poor amount of food, water, and clothing they were provided with. They thought they could make an army and be get strong to be powerful to be ready to fight the enemies. They call this Valley Forge. I would quit Valley Forge because research shows that about 50% of people died because of the harsh weather and the many illnesses that went around. In December to June 1,800 to 2,500 people died due to illness during the encampment.
Quitting Valley Forge would be the best decision to do at the time of the winter storm. The first reason to believe leaving would be smart is the fact that there was an extraordinary amount of illness and deaths.(Document A) Fifty percent of the soldiers staying at Valley Forge caught sickness and more than an estimate of twenty-five hundred soldiers died. The camp was not safe in any way besides protection from The Lobster Backs but still you would have to guard the camp in case of intruders. The second possibility to why you might leave the winter camp was the convincing journal entry made by Dr. Albigence Waldo.(Document C) He claimed the bad hygiene was a huge disappointment in the camp, soldiers rarely got to shower, change clothes
Valley Forge was a Patriot camp during the American Revolution. It was used by General George Washington and soldiers. The campsite was a harsh place and the winter made nearly impossible to live. For, us , soldiers it was a living hell. The Patriots reached Valley Forge in December 1777 ( Doc A ).
It is February 1, 1778 and about one-half of the troops are too sick to report for roll call. (Doc A) During the cold winter, about 1,800 and 2,500 died because they were so sick(Doc A) This morning I saw General George Washington and he was talking to these men who looked like the Congressional Committee. (Doc B)
Since the British settled in Philadelphia, colonists settled 15 miles northwest of it in a place called Valley Forge. It was cold and riddled in disease, but Washington was able to train troops and men were still patriotic. If I was at Valley Forge, I would be one of the people to stay there. One reason I would stay is because there wasn’t that many deaths in the first place (Doc A). The high amount of people there contributed to not a lot of deaths.
George Washington had a winter camp built 18 miles northwest from Philadelphia in a place called Valley Forge. T’was the year 1777. I would stay at valley forge and I will tell you why. In the document “The American Crisis” Thomas Paine explains how it tests our commitment and makes fun of the quitters calling them “summer soldiers”. He used analogies to say his point.
Valley Forge - The Camp Of Death Valley Forge is a winter camp that has caused loads of deaths. There is low supplies and they have very poor weather conditions. I wouldn’t want to stay at Valley Forge because I wouldn’t want to be apart of that type of environment. In the engraving of a painting by Henry Powell it shows George Washington presenting Congressional Committee to soldiers at Valley Forge. (Doc B) If you look closely you can see the soldiers have no shoes, which shows the lack of supplies they have.
Also, about ⅛ soldiers who went to Valley Forge, died (Doc A). Soldiers suffered through severe weather and had little protection against it. In an engraving by Henry Powell, it shows soldiers standing outside standing in a severe snowstorm without coats and shoes(Doc B). Also, the weather was so bad, a horse died.
The battle of Valley Forge was one of the hardest battles, did you stay or go? The winter of 1777 George Washington faced a horrible time, 18 miles outside Pennsylvania. I've thought about this long and hard but I have decided to re-enlist for three reasons the sickness of men, loyalty to my country, and the belief in our case. Once I have seen how many men are sick I have re-enlisted, because majority of men are sick.
Stay, fight, win at Valley Forge The Continental Army, which are people fighting in the Revolutionary war for U.S., are staying at Valley Forge in 1777. They were staying at Valley Forge because they are keeping an eye on the British army. I will stay at Valley Forge because not many people are staying so they need more people now more than ever. In The American Crisis by Thomas Paine (Document D) it shows that people want to win. Thomas Paine says that if it’s hard work then it’s worth more, than if it’s a easy win you wouldn’t care as much.
These soldiers were forced to cope with these conditions; however, if they had gone home, they would have had a better treatment than the one they had to endure during their life in camp. They would have been in a better state had they decided to leave the army. However, their hard work and perseverance would eventually show when the colonies defeated the experienced British in what would become one of the most victorious wars in American
Plus the conditions are bad/awful. Though I am going to re-enlist, because Washington needs healthy men, the people need my help, and I want my freedom. I’m also going to stay due to my country needing me. Plus I will die helping my country instead of dying for nothing. It is important for every soldier at Valley Forge to be asked whether to stay or leave because General Washington needs to know if you will stand with him and fight for what 's right.
In the winter, Washington took his troops to Valley Forge, which was 18 miles from Philadelphia. At this time, Valley Forge was a difficult place to live for the Patriots. It was a struggle but if I were a Patriot in Valley Forge fighting for Washington’s Army, I wouldn’t quit. I won’t quit for three big reasons; yes I know there were a lot of sick soldiers but not as much as dying soldiers, another thing is the conditions were horrible, but there were many brave soldiers who stuck with it, and stayed with Washington, lastly I do not want to be a “summer soldier” because freedom is valuable so it is worth fighting for.
Therefore, I choose to stay at Valley Forge, for there is a chance for me to not die of sickness because of the medical care, there is also patriotism, and people are willing to fight for our freedom. The documents A and C prove that only 14% died of sickness. there were about 12,000 of us to start with, and only about 1,800- 2500 died from December to June. Therefore, that leaves just about 9,500 of us left. However, with all the people that abandoned the Continental Army leaves us with just about 8,000 of us.