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Black Powder Lecture – Feeding Washington’s Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter

Black Powder Tavern Lecture Series –
Feeding Washington’s Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 • 6:30PM

Register before June 13th to get discounted price of $49.99.
After June 13th price is $54.99.

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 Ricardo A. Herrera: Rick Herrera is an award-winning author and a professor in the Department of National Security and Strategy, US Army War College. Previously, he was Professor of Military History at the School of Advanced Military Studies, US Army Command and General Staff College. He specializes in eighteenth and nineteenth-century American military history, and is a recipient of the Society for Military History’s Moncado Prize, Distinguished Writing Awards from the Army Historical Foundation, and numerous research grants and fellowships.

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