The Patriots were feeling defeated after the first 2 years of war, and the makeshift Pennsylvania winter camp didn 't add to their spirits. Valley Forge was a tough time for the American Army, and many soldiers wanted to quit because of the hardships. If I were a soldier, I would have quit Valley Forge for a multitude of reasons. The living conditions were inadequate, there was a minimal amount of supplies, and illness and death was common in the camp. In essence, the cons of staying at Valley Forge outweighed the Pros.
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. You can also see a dead horse on the floor which shows how horrible the conditions are. Also there’s not a lot of soldiers, which might of been because they became ill or possibly died. In the next piece of evidence you can see a diary
Another reason I want to reenlist is because I am a patriot. The reason the question: If you were a soldier at Valley Forge would you have quit, this question is important because if more soldiers reenlisted it might change our perspective of the war. It also might of changed what happen in the war because if there were more soldiers the army might of been stronger. I get why some people would not reenlist because the conditions are bad, about half of the people are getting diseases, lots of people are dying, the British has more men and they have more supplies, or beds are just straw on the mud floor in our log huts which only hold 12 men and half of them could be sick, but I will stay because Washington needs more men, I want freedom, there are more supplies, and I am a
Valley Forge is where George Washington spent the winter with his colonial troops. It was a cold and painful winter, but the soldiers that survived in camp gained much needed training. This training was a valuable asset to the colonists. If I had been a soldier at Valley Forge I would have stayed there. For example in the Estimates of Illness and Deaths at Valley Forge(Doc A) it states that only 1,800 people died in the camp. This is only a ten percent of the population at the camp, which was 12,000. This means that you have a small chance of dying if you lived there. Another example is in The American Crisis(Doc D) it states that if you leave now you will increase the odds of us losing and increase chance of Britain winning. What this means
In 1777- 1778 The Revolutionary War was at it’s peak. George Washington decided to camp at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania with the British and General Howe near by in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. But troubles were yet to come because Winter has just begun. If I were at Valley Forge would I have quit or Re- Enlisted. The definition of “Quit” is to not Re- Enlist. Which is what I am not doing. I have decided to Re- Enlist because I’m an American, I’d rather die knowing I did my best to defend my country. Rather die knowing I could have done more, and I’m neede by George Washington.
“Poor food, hard lodging, cold weather, fatigue, nasty clothes, nasty cookery, vomit… why are we sent here to starve and freeze?”-Dr. Albigence Waldo “What we know today was not known in late December 1777, victory seemed a long way off; in fact for many, it seemed unlikely.” Had I been a soldier at Valley Forge, would I of given up? If I had the choice, I would have stayed, because of loyalty to our leaders and country, to stay a powerful nation, and for the freedom of me and the people of America.
Through December 1777 to June 1778, George Washington led the Continental Army through winter camp. The Continental Army was an army of Patriot soldiers who fought against Britain. The Patriots hated Britain for their taxes and laws. So they went off to war. There was just one problem, they did not know how bad the conditions were going to be. 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.
Would you leave Valley Forge, I wouldn't. People were sick, but still those who left were cowards. There are many reasons to stay, for example, the illness and death chart, it states that only 50% of people became ill. (document A) As an estimate, 3,989 out of 8,000 people were sick in 1778. Only 1,800 died, that is not very many to die of illness. Another reason to stay would be in the essay by Thomas Paine. It calls those who quit “The summer soldier and the sunshine warrior” , this was because they could not handle the winter, they could only last the summer. It also says “Tyranny, like hell,” this is because leaving is like giving up on your country. ( document D) In the diary
Smoke, sickness, and no shelter are all things that a soldier would not want to see; Valley Forge is something no one would have ever wanted to see. I have been fighting for nine months and my mother is dying; I will not be re-enlisting. Would you have re-enlisted or quit fighting for yourself and/or others. The reasons I am not going to re-enlist are because of death and illness, harsh conditions, and lack of support and supplies.
Sickness hangs heavy in the air with the stench of death. Soldiers walk by me in tattered clothes, some missing shoes and toes. As I lay on the ground of my hut, trying to sleep, that another poor soldier had to build, I shiver and huddle in a ball to try to keep my body heat toward me in an attempt to keep me somewhat warm. The Continental Army made their winter camp in a town called Valley Forge, located eighteen miles out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the winters of 1777 and 1778, there was freezing weather and a couple thousand of sick soldiers and dead soldiers (Busch, 147). Many soldiers are not re-enlisting or are deserting before their nine-month re-enlistment has ended. General Washington, desperate to keep an army together to fight the war against Britain has asked us soldiers look into our hearts and ask ourselves the following question: Will you quit? To quit would be to not re-enlist. I have decided to not re-enlist for three reasons which are high chances of illness, horrible lodging and weather, and sparse food and clothing.
Valley forge was a winter camp for the continental army who fought in the American Revolution for independence. It was 18 miles from Boston so they could keep a close eye on the British. As you may know, Valley Forge was a horrible place and I would quit. Deaths and illness were very high. At one point on February 1, 1778, more than half of the soldiers were unable to report for duty. 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. Lastly, living conditions was very bad
I was told that valley forge was going to be a breeze and the colonial army would be back on it’s feet in the spring,but I was wrong. What scares me is that the total death count was 4,000,and sick is mearly half of what troops we broght(doc A). I value life as much as I value the war,but I’d rather die in battle than in Valley Forge.
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. Plus, out of them, only a portion died. Another reason is because they had some support(Doc B). George Washington showed his troops the Congressional Committee. This showed that they had some outside support. Lastly, if I left, I would be considered a coward (Doc D). The people who left were considered
Valley Forge is 18 miles northwest of Philadelphia, where George Washington built his winter camp. It contained very little food and had poor weather conditions. It was too small to call a village. It only contained few field stone houses and a mill for forging iron. Due to the very little food and poor weather conditions, I would quit Valley Forge. According to Estimates of Illness and Deaths at Valley Forge (Doc. A), there was about 4,000 illnesses in February 1778. The illnesses mainly came from diseases. There was also 2,500 deaths due to disease. In the painting of George Washington presenting to Continental Congress (Doc. B), the soldiers were wearing no shoes. Since they were low on supplies, they had to step on the cold ground giving