Would you rather quit fighting once your enlistment is over or embrace death after sacrificing your life for a strong cause? After the Battle of Lexington, Bunker Hill, and Saratoga, George Washington and his soldiers decided to build a winter camp in December of 1777. Being called the Continental Army, they settled down in Valley Forge, about 18 to 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia. While the British sat in their luxurious homes, the soldiers tolerated the 16’ by 14’ huts with problems such as the cold and smoke. However, George Washington has a serious complication on hand. The soldiers’ 9-month enlistment are soon coming to an end. While some are happy to return home, others are brave and courageous to re-enlist and keep fighting for the country.
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Another reason I must re-enlist is the fact that my government deserves my loyalty. The Committee of Congress has stayed with us through much of the winter after arriving at Valley Forge a few weeks ago and has given us hope (Document B). That hope has sparked within us a new flood of encouragement and will power. When George Washington was talking to the 5 members of Congress, he expressed the fact that we brave soldiers need help in our battle with Britain (Document B). Even though it’s cold, and we have threadbare clothing that are merely rags, and the Congress members are all dressed in their finest, our spirit is still strong (Document B). Even Dr. Waldo stated that while tending to our sick soldiers, he was surprised by the magnitude of cheerful willingness to proceed with fighting for our cause (Document C). Dr. Waldo expected us to be down on our luck for having to withstand the poor food, fatigue, cold weather, crowded huts, and smoky air quality which was due to poor ventilation, but most soldiers were able to persevere through all of that hardship (Document C). The Committee of Congress makes me feel like someone is listening to our needs. The general supports us and the government cares about us, so I must support my government.
The winter of 1777-1778 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, George Washington and his men have camped out to survive the winter but things are not going to well for the army. The continental army is freezing from the harsh winter and they are hungry and all of us soldiers are just yearning to go home to our families. During this harsh and long winter would you have signed up for another term to stay in the army even after your term has finished? I would not re-enlist because of the harsh conditions of the winter, illness and death and also from the lack of support and supplies from the rest of the colonies.
The question I was given to write an essay about was “Would you have quit or re-enlisted in the American Continental Army?” My response is that I would have re-enlisted. My reasoning behind this is that I would like to have said I played a part in helping America become independent. Also, I just could not have sat around and supported England when I did not. I also believe in fighting in something you believe in. Some facts that help support my case would be that many people gave hope to the Americans to win. For example, in Thomas Paine's pamphlet “American Crisis” he tells the Americans they need to go out and fight for their independence. Also, the pamphlet gives them a sense of hope that they will get through this (Side 2 Document D). Some other facts that can support my decision to
No Meat, no shoes, no men, out of supplies, you want me to come back? War is on pause, but will soon resume. it is winter of 1777, and is snowing and freezing. Many men are down a couple of toes. Valley Forge is not a happy place. Would I quit? Would I re-enlist? i have decided to quit because of how much sickness and death there is, it also freezing. if i came back war would have to be going on. i do not want to crammed in a little hut.
It was a cold winter day out at valley forge the year of 1777. All you could see were people dropping like dead flies. Tragic days like this you know could make history the enemy is the only thing we worry about anymore at this point. Everything seems so surreal. Leaders trying to take control to calm people who can’t be calmed. The figures running for their lives knowing that this could be the end. Knowing they needed to be home instead of being here watching the men die. Here I lay with this blood coming out of my left arm I almost scream in pain but know it would be absolutely no use to me. I also know there are people around me who are dead or are on the verge of death and I lie here with a bullet in my arm looking like I fell of my bike and I am making a big deal about it. Put yourself in this position, would you stay and fight or quit and not fight for your freedom.
My enlistment is almost up, so why should I stay in this hellish base called Valley Forge? It is December 1777, and I get to choose if I abandon George Washington and his troops, or go home and visit my family. Should I re-enlist to the army, or should I go home, and visit my family? I am going to stay because I need to fight in place of the sick men, we will get resources soon because of the Congressional Committee, and because I need to stay loyal to my country and to George Washington. I will stay because I need to help fight in place of the sick soldiers.
George Washington and the rest of the soldiers need you at Valley Forge even though we all are suffering from illness. This all started on “December, the year of 1777”(Doc. A). That is when we had first arrived at Valley Forge and how all this have started. We are “not far from Philadelphia which is 18 miles away”. Will I quit and give up fighting? When I state the word ‘quit’, the correct meaning that is used in this situation is either you’re going not going to re-enlist after the time is up. There are both many valid reasons to re-enlist and not to. But, I have chosen to re-enlist. After all, us getting here in the first place is what we had signed up for. I did not come here to give up just yet.
In December 1777 George Washington and his troops arrived at Valley Forge. Valley Forge was 18 miles away from Philadelphia. Soldiers, barely surviving without the proper resources. They were sick, hungry,and cold. So the question is: If I had the choice would I re-enlist? I would not re-enlist for three reasons.Lack of supplies, the loss of soldiers, and that we needed inspiration. Also while in the army soldiers probably thinking “Will I make it out alive?”
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”(Paine 153) The winter at Valley Forge, during 1777, held small struggles. like missing your family, to the great struggles of almost dying from starvation and dysentery. The soldiers at Valley Forge had little food to eat and were either too cold or could not breath because of the smoke in the cabins. The men that lived during that time, however, did not give up. They did not stop to order some pizza of their iphone when they were hungry. Even after watching men stop and take their last breath, they kept moving forward through the trials. Though some would think this crazy, if I were at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777 and 1778 I would have decided to re-enlist for three reasons which are: the army needs healthy men, to be free you must contribute in the work, and we cannot quit if we want Britain to stop taxing us.
“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.” - Sammy Davis Jr. During the first two years of the American Revolution, things were not looking up for the Continental Army commanded by none other than George Washington. During the war, General Washington was having a rough time keeping the soldiers to stay and fight. So, he set up camp at Valley Forge. His men made huts to live in with fireplaces and one door. They made their camp close enough to the British to keep them under surveillance. Not realizing that all the events that the Americas had done, such as the Boston Tea Party in 1773, would start a war with the British Empire. I have decided to not re-enlist for the three reasons which are: the clothing in this weather is terrible, the sickness is hard to survive through, and the conditions at Valley Forge are terrible.
Valley Forge is located in the district of Montgomery County in Pennsylvania. In 1777, George Washington was running an army that was not so successful. Men that were in the army kept enlisting for the shortest amount of time of nine months and not coming back. I would have re-enlisted into Washington’s army. According to document A, about 4,000 men in Valley Forge had contracted an illness out of the 8,000 men that were there. That was 50% of the men getting sick while 25% had died during the encampment. With this estimate, I would still re-enlist because not everyone who got sick had died from illness. In addition, Document C states that “The Army which has been surprisingly healthy hitherto,
In the Winter of 1777-1778 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania General George Washington set up tents in high, frigid, and risky temperatures. Beforehand, the Continental Army lost major battles against the British. The continental army endured one of the most noticeably worst winter on record. 12,000 troops had scarcely any food, attire or supplies to keep them salubrious. In spite of the fact that they gave small portions of food does not mean it was nutritious to eat. The poor conditions that the soldiers lived in eventually led them to desert because of harsh conditions, such as absence of resources and an untrusted general. I am choosing not to re-enlist because of brutal conditions and death.
During the revolutionary war, the valley forge soldiers fought the british for their freedom. The americans during the war had many battles and lots of death from illnesses and much more. Would you have left the war? If i quit, life will be better without any risks.
I’m hungry and people are dying. It’s the winter of 1777 and we are in the middle of the revolutionary war. In the Valley Forge winter camp with George Washington; my nine-month enlistment is up. The question is, would you re-enlist? I, personally, would not re-enlist. I have my reasons to not re-enlist which are there is a lot of sickness and death, there is not enough food, and the weather, clothes, and huts are bad.
The diary of Waldo is the first document that i'm going to start my argument for why i would quit. The first reason is that i would not like to live in such poor conditions cause i would not be able to live like that. My final reason is that i would not want to be part of the big mass of soldiers that are all dying. The estimate of illness & death at valley Forge. According to the accurate text, the number of soldiers and people dying are very high, that could be me. And another reason is that all of these people getting sick and they might get me sick if i stay and fight and sleep in the same room as them or near them. Finally, the engraving of William Henry Powell explains why i would leave and not fight at valley forge. As he describes,