They lacked the proper winter clothing needed for the harsh cold.
WE CAN DO IT!!!
In addition, the soldiers had barely enough to eat. They had a few barrels of flour, occasionally biscuits, and a small amount of salt pork.
They lived in cramped conditions, most of the time having up to 12 soldiers in one cabin. This is one of the reasons diseases spread. Many soldiers died of disease, starvation, and even from freezing to death.
However, Washington would not give up. He continued to rally the troops.
With spirits raised, Washington led his troops into battle, eventually to victory!!!