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Suffering from disease, hunkered down in crude huts and struggling to survive the bitter winter weather, the downtrodden American soldiers lack everything needed to sustain life, especially food. In a letter addressed to Congress, General Washington decries the government's failure to provide relief, describing his men as occupying "a cold, bleak hill," sleeping "under frost and snow without clothes or blankets."
Into this deplorable setting comes the flamboyant Baron Friederich von Steuben. With Washington's blessing, the eccentric German officer instills a measure of military discipline and pride in the ragtag American army. Then, having survived the terrible winter and now better equipped and fed, the rejuvenated Americans march out of Valley Forge in June 1778, a new and inspired army.
Continuing to follow the personal fortunes of the now familiar characters Billy Weems, Eli Stroud, Mary Flint, and Caleb Dunson, author Ron Carter extends his vivid portrayal of the hardships, disappointments, struggles, and triumphs that were part of the epic struggle to win freedom and liberty for America.
About the Author:
Ron Carter graduated from Brigham Young University and attended law school at George Washington University and the University of Utah. He retired as research and writing director for the Superior Court system in Los Angeles County, California, in 1999. To date, his books include volumes 1 through 7 of the "Prelude to Glory" series (volume 7 is soon to release in July of 2003), the humorous "Settlement" series, and The Clearwater Union War". He and his wife, LaRae, live in Park City, Utah, and have nine Children.
Posted November 6, 2008
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