The winter of 1777-78 spent by Washington’s new Continental Army at Valley Forge has entered United States’ mythology as a period when great hardships of cold and malnutrition were endured, and military discipline learned by the irregular recruits who emerged in 1778 as an efficient fighting force.
Editors. "Washingtons army encamped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2010
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