In To Try Men's Souls, New York
Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R.
Forstchen cast a new light on the year 1776 and the man who
would become the father of our nation, George Washington.
Valley Forge picks up the narrative a year after
Washington’s triumphant surprise attack on Trenton, and much
has changed since then.
It’s the winter of 1777, and
Washington’s battered, demoralized army retreats from
Philadelphia. Arriving at Valley Forge, they discover that
their repeated requests for a stockpile of food, winter
clothing, and building tools have been ignored by Congress.
With no other options available, the men settle down
for a season of agony. For weeks the dwindling army
freezes under tents in the bitter cold. Food runs out.
Disease festers. The men are on the point of
collapse, while in Philadelphia the British, joined by Allen
van Dorn, the Loyalist brother of the dead patriot, Jonathan
van Dorn, live in luxury.
In spite of the suffering
and deceit, Washington endures all, joined at last by a
volunteer from Germany, Baron Friederich von Steuben. With
precious few supplies and even less time, von Steuben begins
the hard task of recasting the army as a professional
fighting force capable of facing the British
head-on—something it has never accomplished before—and in
the process he changing the course of
Valley Forge is a
compelling, meticulously researched tour-de-force novel
about endurance, survival, transformation, and rebirth. It
chronicles the unique crucible of time and place where
Washington and his Continental Army, against all
odds, were forged into a fighting force that would win
a revolution and found the United States of America.
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