Major Weeks went on. “If all that shared suffering at Valley Forge was not terrible enough to endure on its own, there was also backbiting and plotting enough to make your stomach turn!”
“Why, I have never heard of that, sir!” exclaimed Joss.
The major snorted with outrage at the memory. He explained that an Irish adventurer named Conway had gotten himself appointed inspector general at their encampment at Valley Forge. While there, he had plotted to get Congress to throw out Washington as commander-in-chief and replace him with the so-called “hero of Saratoga,” General Gates.
“But young Lafayette was one of the first to alert General Washington about this so-called Conway Cabal,” said the major. “Such deceit—not to mention wrong-headed foolishness! The only thing holding our troops together at that time was loyalty to Washington! If Conway had succeeded, our soldiers would have left in droves. I tell you honestly, I do not know what would have happened if Lafayette had not been so close and so loyal to General Washington, whom he looked upon as a father. No, we have a lot to thank ‘Our Marquis’ for.”
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