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.
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Editors. "Washington’s army encamped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2010
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