One day Washington and his friend George Ross went to visit the niece of George Ross.
Betsy Ross was a skilled seamstress.
General Washington asked her to sew together the first American flag.
She agreed, and began to work immediately.
Betsy Ross made the first American flag.
It was red, white and blue.
It was like the flag of today, but thirteen stars formed a circle.
These thirteen stars represented the united thirteen colonies.
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Washington at Valley Forge
During the winter of 1777, there was little money or supplies for the Continental Army.
General Washington and his army had to remain in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
There was little food. The men wore rags. Some had no shoes. Many became sick and died.
Washington used his own money to buy supplies.
Because of this, Thomas Paine wrote: "These are the times that try men's souls."
When spring came, Washington received good news.
The French were going to send money, supplies and troops to help the Americans.