Valley Forge was the area in which the winter camp Washington decided to build w

Valley Forge was the area in which the winter camp Washington decided to build was located. Many soldiers lived there and fought for freedom alongside other soldiers. However, as selfish as it seems, if I was a soldier at Valley Forge, I would’ve quit because of the high probability of death, the shortage of supplies, and the quality of life.
The probability of death in the Valley Forge camps was too high to ignore. According to Document A, there was about a 25 to 66% chance of death and a 70% chance of getting sick. If there’s such a high risk of me losing my life, I would rather not take the chance. It’s better to leave the fighting for freedom to those who understand the risk of fighting in the war and choose to fight regardless.
The shortage of supplies is also another valid reason to quit. In Document B, you can see soldiers on the right side without shoes and standing barefoot in the snow. On the left side, everyone is well supplied and professional. Fighting alongside troops that have hardly been trained and who don’t even have good supplies isn’t something that highly interests me. Also, it isn’t only that they don’t have good supplies. The materials that they are supplied with take way too long to arrive. Document C states that there are soldiers whose feet can be seen through their worn out shoes and tattered pairs of stockings. Especially in the cold weather, being well supplied is important but it seems that no one prioritized it.
Quality of life at Valley Forge was also a reason to quit. 12 men had to live in a hut that was 16’ by 14’. There was also barely anything to shield the soldiers from the smoke and the cold weather. “Poor food- hard lodging- cold weather- fatigue- nasty cloaths- nasty cookery- vomit half my time- smoak’d out my senses- the Devil’s i’t- I can’t endure it- Why are we sent here to starve and freeze…” (Document C, 151) This quote from the diary of Dr. Albigence Waldo shows just how bad the quality of life was at Valley Forge. Having to fight for the freedom of our country while not being treated properly isn’t something I would willingly partake in.
Thus, if I was a soldier at Valley Forge, I would’ve quit because of the high probability of death, the shortage of supplies and the horrible quality of life. Leaving Valley Forge would not have affected them heavily because of how much of the deaths there were. If I had stayed, I would’ve died and they would have lost one person. Leaving makes it so they prematurely lost a soldier but at least instead of losing my life, I would’ve been able to keep it

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