“We began a contest for liberty ill provided with the means for the war, relying on our patriotism to supply the deficiency. . . [W]e must bear the present evils. . . .”
~George Washington, 1781
Outside the thick canvas of General Washington’s tent, the snow was piled high and the soldiers–weakened by hunger and too near the end of their enlistment–were losing fingers and limbs to the bitter Valley Forge cold. Will, His Excellency’s mulatto valet, shifted the basket of breads and wax-wrapped cheese to his other hand long enough to work open the tent flap.
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