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Raphael, Ray. “America’s Worst Winter Ever: And Why Mythmakers Decided to Forget It.”



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Raphael, Ray. “America’s Worst Winter Ever: And Why Mythmakers Decided to Forget It.” American History (2010): 52-55. (4)
Often forgot through the history books were the extreme conditions that early generation of settlers had to deal with. One such story is that of Morristown and the winter of 1780, as detailed by Ray Raphael in “America’s Worst Winter Ever: And Why Mythmakers Chose to Forget It”. Through “weather that make it impossible to get supplies to the men” the story of Morristown is one which shows the perseverance of the American soldiers, as well as their squeaky-wheel tactics.28 Though the weather wreaked havoc on the entire Revolutionary War, the soldiers of Morristown were continuously on the verge of starvation and dehydration, in one such retelling, resorting to eating a small dog. Though it would seem absurd, especially given the current state of the American voice, the Morristown men “afforded clear proof that the soldiers’ suffering was not always so silent”.29 Two days after a confrontation between Martin and his soldiers, a shipment of food arrived and “the immediate crisis was over…through the war, American soldiers did not suffer in silence”.30




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