Separating truth from lore about what is perhaps the most important moment of American Independence, along with authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. A very different Valley Forge emerges than the one in the textbooks. An integrated army of lower middle class soldiers, along with immigrants and Indians suffering tragic conditions, avoidable deaths and disease. And as Clavin and Drury indicate, politics, not snow, bore the blame for the conditions.
Only Washington’s leadership and the arrival of a foreign drillmaster saves the United States. Also how Valley Forge leads to an American near-victory. And how veterans were treated then and now and the politics of war. Music by Lee Rosevere and Chris Novembrino.