Feeding Washington's Army

Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778

By Ricardo A. Herrera

272 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 20 halftones, 6 tables

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6731-7
    Published: June 2022
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-6732-4
    Published: March 2022

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About the Author

Ricardo A. Herrera is professor of military history at the School of Advanced Military Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
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"Impeccably researched, this is a needed addition to the story of the war for independence.”—Library Journal

"Through his telling, Herrera is in command of the primary sources, which are disparate and separated by the Atlantic Ocean. His breadth and depth are so great that his introductory chapter, which sets the stage for Valley Forge, almost reads like a narrative conversation between Washington and various civilian officials, from the commissary general of the Continental army, William Buchanan, to the governor of Maryland, Thomas Johnson. The author accomplishes the rare feat of making logistics interesting and illustrates the specifics of how logistics was a critical component of the larger strategic picture for the Americans and the British."—H-War

"Herrera does a quietly, no-nonsense fantastic job of fleshing out this Grand Forage, complete with personnel lists, inventories of equipment, and the interplay of every personality involved. Far from being yet another melodramatic rehash of soldierly stoicism, Feeding Washington’s Army is an invaluable elaboration of a key footnote in the Revolutionary War."—Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Review

"This is an excellent study, well researched, and clearly written . . . . Herrera’s exploration into an otherwise insufficiently studied topic is highly recommended."—The Journal of America's Military Past

"Feeding Washington’s Army is a concise, well-researched, and well-written addition to the historiography of the American War for Independence that dispels myths surrounding Valley Forge . . . .Herrera shows how this little-studied, but vital campaign at Valley Forge deserves more attention alongside the more popular narrative of the professionalization of the Continental Army.”—Journal of Military History

“A much-needed volume on the real events of one of the war’s iconic winters. . . . Herrera’s work will provide the template for future works studying the less glamorous but indisputably important roles of logistics in campaigns and how we view the struggles at Valley Forge in particular.”—H-Environment