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General George Washington And The Continental Army

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The American Revolution was a great time of change for America as a nation. With this change new heroes and ideals of life, liberty, and freedom were formed. Spearheading these new ideals was General George Washington and his continental army, but the road ahead of Washington and his men was not an unproblematic one. The winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania proved this to Washington and his men. Yet the true American ideal of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were never forgotten in their battle.
General George Washington gained command of the continental army in July 3, 1775 from the directions of General Artemus Ward who said, “The Continental Congress having now taken all the Troops of the several Colonies, which have been raised, or which may be hereafter raised, for the support and defense of the Liberties of America; into their Pay and Service: They are now the Troops of the United Provinces of North America; and it is hoped that all Distinctions of Colonies will be laid aside; so that one and the same spirit may animate the whole, and the only contest be, who shall render, on this great and trying occasion, the most essential Service to the great and common cause in which we are all engaged." In this speech General Ward summarized the task that had been bestowed upon General George Washington. Washington was given the task of instilling a new sense of spirit and pride in the continental army. Washington had quite a task in front of him. The continental army was worn, tired, and low on supplies. Somehow General Washington would have to find a way to unite his soldiers and help them take a stand for the ideals of America. Washington’s calm, undivided, and determined sense of duty for his nation quickly took control of his men and turned them into a true army within weeks. Washington had done what none thought possible, Washington had assembled an army that could fight the British and possibly come out on top.
While General George Washington is known for his great decision-making, during one fateful winter Washington made the worst mistake of his military career. During the winter of 1777-1778 Washington and the troops of the continental army resided in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. While from the standpoint of a military general Valley Forge was a military stronghold. Atop a high plateau Valley Forge was protected from almost any type of attack, but the Washington and the continental Congress failed to anticipate the winter they were in store for. Valley Forge atop such a high plateau was near completely cut off from supply routes making food, clothing, and weaponry very scarce. Soldiers were treated to the worst conditions possible at Valley Forge. Many were near naked and many were starving to death. Also dieses such as Dysentery and Typhus ran rampant at Valley Forge. These conditions alone accounted for the lives of hundreds of American soldiers that winter.
Yet in early spring at Valley Forge General Nathanel Greene...

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