Trembling for the fate of America…

23 Apr

"Washington at Valley Forge" by Edward P. Moran

“Trembling for the fate of America, which nothing but the infatuation of the enemy could have saved; we should not have remained all the succeeding winter at their mercy, with sometimes scarcely a sufficient body of men to mount the ordinary guards, liable at every moment to be dissipated, if they had only thought proper to march against us: we should not have been under the necessity of fighting at Brandywine, with an unequal number of raw troops, and afterwards of seeing Philadelphia fall a prey to a victorious army; we should not have been at Valley Forge with less than half the force of the enemy, destitute of every thing, in a situation neither to resist nor to retire.” George Washington

Source: George Washington’s Letter to the President of Congress, August 20, 1780

A Great Resource: The Freedom Documents


Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Letters


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3 responses to “Trembling for the fate of America…

  1. joshuajmasters

    April 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Thank you for sharing this painting. My fourth-great-grandfather, Aaron Hibbard, was a Fifer at Valley Forge. Several books chronicle how he survived only because soldiers and local women gave him blankets and food because he was so young.

  2. George Washington Inn

    April 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    What a great legacy you have!

    • joshuajmasters

      May 1, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Thanks! If I ever make it out to the West, I’d love to visit your Inn!


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