Valley Forge DBQ
Valley Forge: Would you have quit?
George Washington had led the Continental Army through battle after battle, and
only won two minor battles. While the British set up comfortable quarters in Philadelphia, George Washington had his men build uniform huts in Valley Forge, a few miles away. Sickness and disease ran rampant, and conditions were torturous. Your family is poor and your mother is ill. Since your nine-month enlistment is up, Washington's men are progressing from hut to hut to find out if soldiers will reenlist or quit. The question asked by this Mini-Q is, ‘Had you been a soldier at Valley Forge, would you have quit?’ I would have quit because the British army had so many advantages and illness was almost unavoidable.
The first reason I would quit is because the British were considered the strongest army in the WORLD. In Document A, ‘The Numbers’, it clearly shows that by the end of February, there were only 8,000 soldiers at Valley Forge, half of them ill. An army of 4,000 healthy soldiers, the rest ill, fighting off a strong army of tens of thousands of healthy, well fed soldiers has terrible odds for the Patriots. Yes, the British lost the war, but at the time, no one knew that! France ended up helping, but they knew that in April. Odds of the odds turning to my favor are slim, like one out of a million. If I'm smart, I'd already be out of Valley Forge.
Perhaps the thing that would make me quit the most was the illness, poor nutrition, and sanitary conditions at Valley Forge. In Document C, ‘The Diary of Dr. Albigence Waldo’, it clearly shows the poor conditions at Valley Forge, including smoke all over the place, barely any food, frostbite, and almost no clothes. Sickness, sanitary conditions, and poor nutrition made many soldiers die. I don't want to be one of them! For every soldier who died in battle, ten died from disease . The only thing to eat was fire, cake, or flour and water...