Valley Forge - Research Article from Americans at War

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Deprivation and Renewal

No battles were fought at Valley Forge, but historians acknowledged the encampment as a turning point in the American Revolution because the troops overcame many deprivations and went on to fight. Documentary records indicate that the winter was not particularly severe, but exposure to the elements combined with the camp's poor sanitation led to significant losses from disease. Certain regiments were also poorly clothed, making many men unfit for duty. In one letter, George Washington mentioned a lack of shoes so severe that the men's "marches might be tracked by the blood from their feet," a phrase that permanently linked the powerful image of bloody footprints to the Valley Forge encampment (Washington to Barrister, pp. 284–293).

Just days after his men marched into Valley Forge, it seemed to Washington that mutiny was imminent when the soldiers, faced with short supplies, began chanting "no meat," and...

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