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Valley Forge



Valley Forge
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.62

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     challenging words:    marches, drills, death, against, defend, supplies, improve, army, alive, blood, march, train, thousand, charge, fight, died
     content words:    Valley Forge, In February, George Washington, Nathanael Greene


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Valley Forge
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     The soldiers who fought against England had a very hard time in the war. They did not have enough clothes or food. They marched in bare feet. They were hungry a lot. One of the worst times was at Valley Forge.
 
2     Eleven - thousand soldiers went to Valley Forge a week before Christmas. It was 1777. The army had just lost two major battles. They would stay at Valley Forge until spring in 1778. While they were there, almost 2,500 men died. Some starved to death. Some were very sick.
 
3     Washington thought that Valley Forge was a good place to camp. He was right. British soldiers could not surprise the troops. They also could not get farther into Pennsylvania. The area had hills which were easy to defend.
 
4     The winter was not very cold. This made it worse. The rain made the roads very muddy. Wagons could not get to the camp. It was hard to get enough food to eat. Many horses also died. The soldiers complained that there was not enough meat to eat.

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