Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman

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Newbery Award-winning author Russell Freedman offers up this powerful account of the survival of American soldiers while camped at Valley Forge during a crucial period in the American Revolution. George Washington's army almost perished during the winter of 1777-78. Camped at Valley Forge, about twenty miles from Philadelphia, the revolutionaries endured severe hardship because the army's supply system had collapsed and they were without food, clothing, and blankets. The army was at its most vulnerable; but when the harsh winter drew to a close, the soldiers had survived, and marched away from Valley Forge more determined than ever. The British were defeated in 1783, and Washington, for the rest of his life, said that the credit for the Amrican victory belonged to the soldiers who had braved the horrific conditions at Valley Forge.
 

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Russell Freedman grew up in San Francisco and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. Russell Freedman (born 1929 in San Francisco) is a biographer and author of nearly 50 books for young people. He is most notable for receiving the 1988 Newbery Medal with his work Lincoln: A Photobiography. In 1998, he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his lifelong contribution to children's literature. He received one of the 2007 National Humanities Medals. He currently lives in New York City.
 
Published October 15, 2008 by Holiday House. 100 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books.

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As the British occupied Philadelphia, the largest city in the colonies, George Washington selected Valley Forge as a spot close enough to keep an eye on the British and retake the city if given the chance.

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