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The Valley Forge winter : civilians and soldiers in war

Author: Wayne K Bodle
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2002.
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"The traditional account portrays Valley Forge in the 1770s as a desolate wilderness far removed from civilian society. Washington's army was forced to endure one of the coldest winters in memory with inadequate food and supplies, despite appeals to the Continental Congress. When the mild weather of spring finally arrived, the Prussian baron Friedrich von Steuben drilled the demoralized soldiers into a first-rate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bodle, Wayne K.
Valley Forge winter.
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)606926112
Named Person: George Washington; George Washington; George Washington
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wayne K Bodle
ISBN: 0271022302 9780271022307 9780271025261 0271025263
OCLC Number: 50292530
Description: xiii, 335 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the myth and the map --
Seat of war --
Campaign for Pennsylvania --
Doing what we can --
Learning to live with war --
Starve, dissolve, or disperse --
Trublesum times for us all, but wors for the soldiers --
Stone which the builders have rejected --
Lord's time to work --
Chapter of experiments --
As the fine season approaches --
Seated war.
Responsibility: Wayne Bodle.
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Was Valley Forge really the "crucible of victory" it has come to represent in American history? Wayne Bodle offers a comprehensive history of the winter encampment of 1777-78, with a complete picture  Read more...

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