Ricardo A. Herrera’s new book, Feeding Washington's Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778, examines the Continental Army’s leadership and performance through a major, but little-known, foraging operation undertaken during the Valley Forge winter of 1778.

This book moves far beyond oft-told tales of Valley Forge and digs deeply into its daily reality, revealing how close the Continental Army came to succumbing to starvation and how strong and resourceful its soldiers and leaders actually were.

Hear from the author at our free book talk and submit your questions. This event will be followed by a book signing.

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Add to Calendar 11/09/2022 19:00:00 11/09/2022 20:00:00 America/New_York Ford Evening Book Talk: Feeding Washington's Army

Ricardo A. Herrera’s new book, Feeding Washington's Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778, examines the Continental Army’s leadership and performance through a major, but little-known, foraging operation undertaken during the Valley Forge winter of 1778.

This book moves far beyond oft-told tales of Valley Forge and digs deeply into its daily reality, revealing how close the Continental Army came to succumbing to starvation and how strong and resourceful its soldiers and leaders actually were.

Hear from the author at our free book talk and submit your questions. This event will be followed by a book signing.

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About the Book

In this major new history of the Continental Army’s Grand Forage of 1778, award-winning military historian Ricardo A. Herrera uncovers what daily life was like for soldiers during the darkest and coldest days of the American Revolution: the Valley Forge winter. Here, the army launched its largest and riskiest operation—not a bloody battle against British forces but a campaign to feed itself and prevent starvation or dispersal during the long encampment. Herrera brings to light the army’s herculean efforts to feed itself, support local and Continental governments, and challenge the British Army.

Highlighting the missteps and triumphs of both General George Washington and his officers as well as ordinary soldiers, sailors, and militiamen, Feeding Washington’s Army moves far beyond oft-told, heroic, and mythical tales of Valley Forge and digs deeply into its daily reality, revealing how close the Continental Army came to succumbing to starvation and how strong and resourceful its soldiers and leaders actually were.

About the Author

Ricardo A. Herrera is visiting professor of military history at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He was previously professor of military history at the School of Advanced Military Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is the author of For Liberty and the Republic: The American Citizen as Soldier, 1775-1861 and of several articles and chapters on United States military history. He worked on his new book while a member of the Washington Library’s class of 2016-17 research fellows. 

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