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
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-6732-4
    Published: March 2022
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-6144-3
    Published: March 2022

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Awards & distinctions

Finalist, American Battlefield Trust Book Prize for History

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

“A thoroughly researched, well-written account of a critical logistical operation that has been overshadowed by a mythological image of a passive, suffering army at Valley Forge. . . . [T]his engaging analysis of a daring operation is a major contribution to the military history of the Revolution.”—Journal of American History

"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."—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