Valley Forge: Would You Have Quit? by Alex M.

Alex M. used the Essay Map below to organize his thoughts…

Essay Map

 

Then he used the DBQ Essential Question to write his essay.

In 1777, George Washington was having trouble keeping his soldiers in the army while they were at Valley Forge. In the winter of 1777, Washington decided to build a winter camp to have a place to live during the cold winter. At Valley Forge, there weren’t any beds to sleep on. Many soldiers slept on straw on the muddy floor. I am writing an essay describing why I would quit or not re-enlist for Valley Forge. I would quit Valley Forge because of the poor living conditions, the government not wanting to help, and the chance of getting sick and die.

I would have quit Valley Forge because of the poor living conditions. The American soldiers lived in smoky huts and slept on the floor with mud all around. The cold harsh weather made it very hard to live in Valley Forge for the next 3 or 4 months (Doc. C). The soldiers wore old tattered clothes and had nothing to eat. There had old ripped clothes and with the cold weather, they would freeze. In Doc C, Dr. Waldo stated that he heard many soldiers say “why are we sent here to starve and die? ”There wasn’t any food which made it even harder to survive (Doc. C). In the engraving in Doc B, I see that American soldiers were barefoot in the cold weather. (Doc.B). Living without food and wearing old clothes makes me want to quit Valley Forge.

Another reason I would quit Valley Forge is that the government wasn’t helping. The American soldiers were in very horrible conditions and the government didn’t even try to help. They didn’t give the army any money or food to survive (Doc. B). The Congressmen (the government) could have given the army some money or food but chose not to. For these reasons, I would have quit Valley Forge because I wouldn’t want to live in a harsh place with the government not wanting to help.

The last reason I would have quit Valley Forge was the chance of death and illness. The number of deaths during Valley Forge was 1,800 to 2,500 soldiers (Doc. A). In December of 1777, 2,898 soldiers became ill with a chance of death and in February of 1778, 3,989 soldiers became sick (Doc. A). The more the soldiers stayed at Valley Forge, the more soldiers became sick. I wouldn’t want to be at a place for the whole winter with the chance of getting sick and even dying. I wouldn’t want to be at a place where I’m risking my life. The chance of dying and getting sick would make me want to leave Valley Forge.

For these reasons the poor living conditions, the government not wanting to help, and the chance of getting sick and die would make me want to quit Valley Forge. Yes, it is true that only 1800 to 2500 soldiers died. That might have been a small number considering there were many more thousands of soldiers but still losing 2,500 soldiers gave the advantage to the British because they had more soldiers. Victory seemed a long way off, in fact for many it seemed unlikely.

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