Valley Forge

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Valley Forge: Quit or Stay When a person is in a stressful situation on instinct they have two options, fight or flight. In war the same is true. War is not always bayonets and bullets, it’s the decisions you make during times of hardship. A soldier has to make the decision whether to keep fighting for what they believe in no matter what the stakes or to flee. In December of 1777, George Washington and his troops arrived at Valley Forge. Since the summer of 1775, all has gone well for the Continental Army. More recently Washington was presumably unable to stop General Howe and his British soldiers from claiming the national capital of Philadelphia. With Howe and his army of approximately 18,000 comfortably quartered in Philadelphia, …show more content…

In other words, you’ve got to be willing to pay the price if you want something. It also shows that we do not give value to what we are given and we shouldn’t cut and run when the going gets tough; otherwise we will never truly earn our victory over the tyranny of Britain. True patriots will not quit. They will press on for their liberty. We must re-enlist. Freedom is worth the price! I can understand why some of my comrades are going home. The huts are all smoky, our clothes are torn up, and a great many of our men are sick (Documents A, B, and C). We’ve also heard rumors of local farmers, Americans, selling their goods to the British. Even though we have so much reason to struggle, we have even greater reason to fight. When I look at the fight or flight response, I realize that there really is only one option, to fight! I simply feel that our overall goal is bigger than all this. There’s still a job to do. Liberty and justice must prevail. I will fight for our freedom because even though there’s much hardship it takes real spirit of character and drive in order to get the job


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