Valley Forge: Would You Have Quit? December 1777-June 1778. Valley Forge-Washington’s winter camp. Washington and the Continental Army. Valley Forge was a difficult place to live at. Some Patriots are staying but others are leaving. I would stay at Valley Forge because only 15% of people died, there is help on it's way, and the journal entry from Dr.Albigence Waldo a connecticut surgeon. Only 15% of people at Valley Forge died. Only 1,800 of 12,000 died. Which was around 15% of people or in other words not a lot of people died you had a 85% chance to survive. Around 50% of people got sick. You had a better chance at getting sick than dying. Then people started to become immune to the sickness and sickness numbers did not rise as high. In …show more content…
“Congressmen stayed several weeks.” Congress tried to help out the army in any way it could. “Congress was helpful in getting more food and clothing.” Congress helped in hunting animals and bringing clothing to the troops. I think congress was helping them feel healthier, stronger, and more heated during the winter. In the picture it looked like George Washington was trying to persuade the congress to help them. I got all of my evidence for ¨There is help on its way¨ from Document B. The journal entry from Dr.Albigence Waldo who was a Connecticut surgeon. “I am sick”, “Poor food”, “Cold weather”, “Vomit half my time”, “Soldier has bare feet”, ¨Hard lodging¨, ¨Fatigue¨, ¨Nasty cloathes¨, ¨Nasty cookery¨, ¨smoak´d out of my senses¨, ¨The devil's in´t¨, and ¨Sent here to starve and freeze.¨ Those are all the hardships described by Dr. Waldo in his journal entry on December 14,1777. Dr. Waldo and the Continental Army didn’t quit due to their “Spirit of Alacrity.” Not a lot of people quit but they still showed cheerful willingness. I got all my evidence for ¨The journal entry from Dr.Albigence Waldo who was a Connecticut surgeon¨ from Document C. Would I’ve quit at Valley Forge. I would stay at Valley Forge because only 15% of people died,there is help on its way, and the journal entry from Dr. Albigence
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On the twelfth month,, Washington marched his exhausted, beaten, starving and sick army to valley forge, a place about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia, which was occupied by the british. From Valley Forge, Washington could look over General Howe's British army staying in Philadelphia. At Valley Forge, there were shortages of supplies. This was everything from food to clothing to medication. Washington's soldiers were sick from disease, hunger, and exposure.
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 Would You Have Quit Yes I would have quit at Valley Forge and some of the reasons that I would have quit were the dirty clothes, the bad cooking, and the cold weather. These were only a few of the reasons why I didn 't want to stay at Valley Forge, there are many more than that it 's just that those were my top three reasons why I wouldn 't have stayed at Valley Forge. I will go more in depth with reasons why I wouldn’t have stayed at Valley Forge.
Being in the snow isn’t always fun. It is January 1, 1778 and I have been serving my term at Valley Forge. I have been very miserable which has made my experience here dreadful. I’ve finished my time as a soldier but I have the option to re-enlist or come back home.
Washington’s men prepared to march, but because of the worsening winter weather conditions and the fact they had no boots or shoes and very little clothing, they thought it would be too dangerous to march (Allen
Time to grow up and stay Reasons to stay at Valley Forge 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.
Cold was one problem, smoke was another. Hopefully, the soldiers will have the courage to make it through this devastating time. Lack of food, living conditions, and horrid climate are some reasons of why a soldier would quit Valley Forge. One reason a soldier would quit Valley Forge is the lack of food.
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.”
In the winter of 1777 and 1778, George Washington and thousands of soldiers were in Valley Forge, a winter camp outside of Philadelphia. Where there was disease and terrible living conditions. I would stay because even though soldiers were sick, not a lot were dying, Washington was getting help from the congressional committee, and I would definitely not be a summer soldier, because freedom is actually worth fighting for. One of the reasons I would have stayed in Valley Forge is a lot may have been sick but only little died.
Valley Forge: Would I Stay or Would I Quit In the Revolutionary War, Washington and his army are going to stay at a place called Valley Forge. In December of seventeen-seventeenth in Pennsylvania it is a terrible for Washington 's army, they need to win the war. Should I quit or should I stay.
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.
Things have become so atrocious that George Washington had to ask the Congressional Committee for more money. I doubt they have any to give, for they are more focused on the bigger picture, rather than a few deteriorated soldiers (Doc B). Dr.Waldo wrote in his journal, “A general cry thro’ the camp this evening among the soldiers, “No meat! No meat!” -The distant vales echoed back the melancholy sound- “No meat!
The soldiers were inadequately trained and lacked ammunition, food, and other provisions. They sometimes even went without clothing and went barefoot in the winter. However, General Washington was able to give them direction and encourage them to persevere. The common soldier would prove important.
The army fell short of the ideal image the American public had created for it, as it lacked experience and professionalism. However, this would not last forever. The army gained professionalism during their time at Valley Forge, eventually resembling the institution the America public feared. Royster, defines Valley Forge as a, “test of national survival because it had been a test of the army’s survival amid hardships caused in large by fellow revolutionaries” (190). It also marked a turning point in the war, as it was the last time the revolutionaries expected to be united with the same enthusiasm as in 1775.