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Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman
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Jun 05, 11

Read in March, 2009

This is the story of the winter of 1777-78, when the ragtag Continental Army camped outside Philadelphia at Valley Forge. It was six critical months of the Revolutionary War, when everything that could go wrong seemed to be going wrong: the supply lines had broken down and the Army wasn't getting food, clothing or blankets, the soldiers' pay wasn't arriving on time, the men were falling ill and literally starving, and Congress was busy blaming General Washington. Washington couldn't respond, because if the true conditions of the Army were revealed, the British would march against them and destroy them. The courage and determination of the soldiers and General Washington are shown through primary source letters and documents, and artwork of the time. An inspiring story of what it took to win freedom, and what price the colonists were willing to pay to have it. 6th grade and up, especially appropriate for 8th grade.
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