“I have heard that Lafayette was monstrous brave, Major,” I said, remembering what I had heard at Towne’s store. “At Brandywine, and then at Gloucester.”
“Aye, that he was, child, although he showed other kinds of bravery, too. He endured the hardships and cold at Valley Forge during that long, hard winter. It must have been doubly hard on a highborn Frenchman used to the luxuries of life. But I never heard him complain.”
“Were you at Valley Forge that winter, sir?” Joss asked.
“Indeed, my boy. Those who tell of hardships there do not exaggerate by one jot. Over twenty-five hundred men died of exposure and starvation. Hundreds of horses perished there, too.”
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