By the fall of 1777, General Washington and his men tried to defend Philadelphia, the nation's capital, from the British forces of General William Howe, but failed.
We'll come back for you later!
After losing the battle of Germantown, Washington chose Valley Forge for the winter encampment on December 19th. Soldiers were low on food and clothing, many were sick, and many wanted to leave the Continental Army. 2/3 of the army died.
How am I going to keep the army together?
Luckily, the French came to help. Along with Baron von Steubon, they trained the soldiers and gave them supplies. By June, when the army left the valley, they were more willing to fight than when they arrived!