In the Winter of 1777 and 1778, the soldiers of Valley Forge had gone through years of blood, sweat, and tears. Knowing what the tough soldiers had gone through, I would have not re-enlisted, and have left. The army may have had the support of George Washington and the spirit of Alacrity, but there are many horrible things that have occurred during that time in Valley Forge. The fighters’ have had plenty enough experience that they would need a break, and return home back to their families where there are no dangerous or extensive things going around getting people ill. I would have re-enlisted because of the poor clothing, weather conditions, and the sicknesses/diseases that were spreading throughout the camp.
George Washington and his continental army were staying at a winter camp in Valley Forge in very bad conditions from December 1777 to June 1778. These “summer soldiers” are leaving, but some are staying loyal. If you had been at Valley Forge would you quit? I would quit because only 15% of people are dying, there is help on the way and because of the inspirational words of Thomas Paine from the “American Crisis”.
From the winter of 1777 to 1778 Valley Forge was in very harsh weather conditions. During this time we took command with George Washington and after a while war started. Some interesting facts are that in 1773, 310 street lights were installed. In 1783, the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War, and in 1782 the writing of the Constitution was in progress. I have decided not to re-enlist for these three reasons which are, sickness, conditions and clothing, and congress/ leadership.
Valley Forge, which was a difficult place to live, is where Washington and his Continental Army lived. During the harsh Revolutionary of December 1777-June 1778, many soldiers left, and many stayed loyal. If I had been a soldier in Washington’s army, would I have quit? No I wouldn’t have quit because only 15% of people died, there are people who show willingness, and because of the inspirational words of Thomas Paine.
Valley Forge was a winter camp that was 18 miles northwest from Philadelphia that the American Continental Army spent the winter from 1777-78 during the American Revolutionary war. There were many soldiers at Valley Forge, Many of them died, but many of them also lived. An approximate amount of soldiers at Valley Forge was 12,000 in December 1777 and 8,000 in February 1778. While many soldiers were sick or heave died, the remaining soldiers that survived were being trained by General George Washington. Though staying at Valley forge may have not been the right idea. In the “Estimate of illness and deaths at Valley Forge (Document A)” it shows how many soldiers were sick and how many soldiers
In 1777 Continental troops head toward Philadelphia to fight and take land from the British troops, but are stopped by a Tragic snow storm. Men stop and set up camp to get past the storm but sadly Men start dying from illness and weather. Some troops wanted to leave and other wanted to stay and fight. Here's is my three reasons why you should stay at valley forge. First and foremost about 12,000 men settled at valley forge and from December 1777 to February 1778 about 4,000 men died. These are tragic deaths but if you do the math you only have a ten percent of dyeing, and 90 percent of living. Also about only 50 percent of people get sick, so if you put both together you have a high chance of living. The second reason why to stay at valley
Though trouble and doubt we will prevail. This happened in the winter between 1777-1778. Valley Forge is a place about eighteen miles northwest of Philadelphia. A lot of soldiers are leaving when we need them to fight. Victory seemed a long way off; in fact for many, it seemed unlikely. Even though that has happened I have decided to not re-enlist for three reasons which are: conditions, health, and results of war.
The reason I will not re-enlist is so many are sick. The main sickness is smallpox, a deadly disease that many soldiers have. If you have it you will get blisters that are filled with pus and they cover your whole body.
George Washington once said, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” George Washington had to prepare his soldiers at the winter camp at Valley Forge. The winter of 1777 was great for Washington, because he could keep an eye on the General Howe’s British soldiers. Washington had a major problem. Some men were signing up for one to two year enlistment, but the most common was nine months.The living conditions were a horrid situation. Many had no shoes and little clothing, which is not a good combination for a frigid Pennsylvania winter. The winter was not pleasant, and most soldiers had diseases, like smallpox, and dysentery. Men are dying, running away, or deserting their post. My term is almost up. I am concerned about my family, and my aging mother. I could desert and leave for home, or stay and fight. The question has come down to this; If you were a soldier at Valley Forge, would you have quit. In this situation, to quit is to not re-enlist. I have decided to re-enlist because our great leaders, the doctors and sickness treatment, and respect.
Valley Forge was held from December 1777 to February 1778. Most people got sick and died but some lived. If you were in Washington’s army, would you continue at Valley Forge or give up and go home?Before this there was the French and Indian War. After the colonists helped the British win the war, the king taxed the colonists in anything he could get his hands on. After fighting battles and fighting for independence, the colonists end up at Valley Forge. After all this, what would you do? If was a soldier in Washington’s army, I would leave Valley Forge because many of the soldiers got sick and died, the conditions in and outside the huts were terrible, but if I was to stay I would because Britain taxed us and I would help continue fighting
To begin, the soldiers should have left Valley Forge because there were many soldiers who began dying of death and illnesses that spread across camp. Noel F. Busch states that, “by February 1, 1778, 3,989 out of 8,000 soldiers were sick”, which was approximately 50% of the total population (Busch, 1974). According to researchers, the low estimate of soldiers who were dying in that year (1778) was 1,800 out of 8,000 people, which was roughly 1 person dead for every 2 soldiers (10%). Finally, at the end
When asked the question “ Valley Forge: Would You Have Quit?” my answer would be yes. If I was a soldier during the harsh winter at Valley Forge there is no doubt that I would find a way to go home. There were many reasons why I would quit the Continental Army and not return.
Soldiers fight for their lives against the harsh cold in Valley Forge. Many of them catch sickness and pass away. (Doc A) To be precise, nearly 4,000 catch an illness and 1,800 to 2,500 die. Originally, there were 12,000 soldiers staying at Valley Forge. One of the doctors stationed there, Dr. Waldo, wrote a diary about the general state of the encampment. (Doc C)He wrote how he felt and how the soldiers must have felt. He states it is easy to get sick and most, if not all, soldiers are already ill. William Henry Powell painted George Washington presenting the Congressional Committee to soldiers at Valley Forge. (Doc B) The soldiers at Valley Forge are very sickly and have ripped up clothes. The Congressional Committee looks fine. If soldiers
men are stationed at valley forge 18 miles outside of Philadelphia. They are trying to keep an eye on the British in Philadelphia, but the men are living in below freezing temperatures with little clothing, and small quantities of food. The men are getting sick with smallpox, dysentery, hypothermia. The doctors have created a way to inoculate the men, but 1 in 50 inoculated will get sick and die. If you don't get sick, it is likely that you will get hypothermia, causing your body to freeze, which could lead to amputation. I have served my time, and I am not going to re-enlist at Valley Forge, Because men are sick and dying, conditions
Valley Forge is a military camp in which is 15 miles Northwest of Philadelphia. The camp was settled by the Colonial Army in which they were low on supplies which were poor quality. I would not quit or leave Valley Forge. Although, there were many illnesses, I would still end up staying. I would have stayed due to the fact that only about 23% actually died (Document A). Only 23% died out of a huge population of 8,000 - 12,000 at Valley Forge (Document A). They soldiers at Valley Forge had some support. They had help and support from the Congressional Committee (Document B). Not only did we have help from the Congressional Committee, we also had help from other countries that includes France and Spain. Another reason I would stay at
Depression, unhappy feelings and mood, is the general feeling at Valley Forge. Winning the battle against Britain seemed extremely unlikely, if at all possible to the soldiers there at Valley Forge. Valley Forge is located approximately 18 miles northwest of Philadelphia, and consisted of little more than a few houses and a mill. This is where General George Washington decided to have the Continental army settle in for the winter. He thought of the location as a strategic place to watch the British army housed in Philadelphia.