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Martha Washington grew up on a beautiful Virginia plantation when such a thing as a revolutionary war was far from people's minds. There she led the typical life of a girl of her day, learning how to take care of a large household, enjoying gay balls at Williamsburg, and riding horses over the lovely Virginia countryside. She was only thirteen when she rode her father's horse so well that she was toasted by the assembled hunters as the finest horsewoman in Virginia.
The courage and fortitude she displayed on her horse accompanied her throughout her life and most especially when she joined her hard-pressed husband, General George Washington, during his terrible winter at Valley Forge. Here she was so distressed at the terrible condition of the sick and hungry soldiers that she plunged immediately into making them food and clothes and bringing them some sort of comfort for the dreadful privations of that winter. From this time on throughout the war, she never ceased working to help her husband and his men in the fight for independence.
In Jeanette Nolan's biography boys as well as girls will enjoy reading of the exciting part Martha Washington played in the early days of this country.
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