Valley Forge DBQ

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Valley Forge was a winter camp 18 miles away from Philadelphia, where George Washington took his troops during 1777 and 1778. The British army is comfortable in Philadelphia, while Valley Forge has harsh conditions with the cold weather and the lack of supplies. I will not reenlist when my 9-month enlistment is over. I will not reenlist for these reasons, diseases, lack supplies, and cold weather and smoky air. First, diseases have spread throughout the camp and are affecting thousands. According to Document A, in February, almost 50% of the camp had diseases or died from diseases. This shows that half of the camp is getting a disease and some are dying from them. This means that I have a 50/50 of receiving a disease and have a possibility …show more content…

According to Document C, “There comes a soldier, his bare feet are seen thro’ his worn out shoes, his legs nearly naked from the tattered remains of an only pair of stockings.” This shows that the soldiers barely have clothes. How can someone in the army continue to get stronger and fight more if they barely have clothes in the freezing temperatures of winter? Also, according to Document C, “I can’t endure it-Why are we went here to starve and freeze.” This shows that the camp lacks in both food and clothes which causes the soldiers to freeze and starve from hunger and lack of clothes to keep them warm. There is constantly a lack of food in the camp and when there is food is it very nasty tasting food. How can I know that after we are done at this camp I will get the supplies I need to survive if I didn’t get them now? I will quit because of the lack of supplies for soldiers at Camp Forge. Third, the cold weather has caused me to freeze and the smoky air has messed up my senses. According to Document C, the air inside the huts is very smoky, but cannot be let outside because of the lack of opening and the cold air. This means that soldiers are constantly breathing in smoky air, which is not good for their health. The cold weather itself also causes a threat because without the proper clothing the freezing temperatures can cause sickness. Since I have endured these conditions I have decided to quit and go back home after my 9-month

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