Why I Want To Re-Enlist Dbq Essay

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In the winter of 1777 to 1778, Commander George Washington brought his troops to set up camps at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 18 miles northwest of General William Howe and his British troops. Should I re-enlist or not re-enlist? I have decided to not re-enlist because I would be starving, I would be cold, and I could die of sickness. On December 19 of 1777, a week before Christmas, the first job of the men was to build log “huts” for the men to sleep which only held twelve soldiers. Would you quit if you were a soldier? If you quit, then you would get to go home early and be able to care for your family once again. If you stay, you would continue fighting for liberty and saving our country. If you die, it would be for a good cause. I have decided to not re-enlist for three reasons which are starvation, bad weather, and sickness. These reasons have made me decide to not re-enlist.
“Naked and starving as they are, we cannot enough admire the incomparable patience and fidelity of the soldiery”-Governor George Clinton. The first reason I will not re-enlist is because of the inadequate supply of meat and
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Since the climate was cold and soldiers were not properly clothed, fed, or sheltered they didn't have the strength and the right conditions to fight. The main source of heat was only one campfire, which didn’t keep the soldiers very warm. They also shared one blanket to 7 men. Since it was so cold and the soldiers were barefoot, they easily got frostbite. The soldiers lost their body parts including: fingers, toes, and part of their leg. I don't need to lose any body parts just because of the frigid, cold weather that they had there. The frigid, coldness made it difficult for the soldiers to fight and to work in. This reason is causing me to not re-enlist because I like warm weather opposed to the cold and die because of the extreme cold. ( Washington at Valley Forge/ Diary of Dr. Albigence

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