Awards Announced for Excellence in U.S. Army History Writing

The Army Historical Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Awards. The 2020 awards honor books and articles published in 2020.

The winners:

Book Awards


Courage Above All Things: General John Ellis Wool and the U.S. Military, 1812-1863, by Harwood P. Hinton and Jerry Thompson (University of Oklahoma Press)

Operational/Battle History

The US Volunteers in the Southern Philippines: Counterinsurgency, Pacification, and Collaboration, 1899-1901, by John Scott Reed (University Press of Kansas)

Institutional/Functional History

Civil War Supply and Strategy: Feeding Men and Moving Armies, by Earl J. Hess (Louisiana State University Press)

Journals, Memoirs, and Letters

Rangers Led the Way: WWII Army Rangers in Their Own Words, by Chris Ketcherside and George Despotis, MD  (Schiffer Military)

Unit History
To the Last Man: National Guard Regiment in the Great War, 1917-1919, by Jonathan D. Bratten (Army University Press)

Reference and Compilation

Civil War Flags of Tennessee, by Stephen D. Cox (University of Tennessee Press)

Article Awards

Academic Journals 

“‘Our Army will hut this Winter at Valley Forge’: George Washington, Decision Making, and the Councils of War,” by Ricardo A. Herrera. Army History, Fall 2020.

Journals and Magazines
“‘Ernie Was One of Us’”, by Ray Morris Jr. MHQThe Quarterly Journal of Military History, Autumn 2020. 

The book award winners receive a plaque honoring the book and a $1,000 cash award.  The article award winners also received a plaque and a $250 cash award. 

The Army Historical Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the American soldier.  Its goal is to promote greater public appreciation for the contributions that America’s Army – Regular, Reserve, and National Guard – has made to the nation in 244 years of service.  The Foundation is the principal fundraiser for the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, VA, which opened to the public on 11 November 2020.

In addition to fundraising for the National Museum of the United States Army, the Foundation’s projects and activities include refurbishment of historical Army buildings; acquisition and conservation of historical art, artifacts, and documents; support of Army history education programs; historical research; publication of historical materials on the American soldier; and providing counsel and support to private and governmental organizations committed to the same goals as the Foundation.

The AHF Distinguished Writing Awards program was established in 1997 to recognize authors who make a significant contribution to the literature on U.S. Army history. Each year nominations are submitted to the Awards Committee by publishers and journal editors.  A small group of finalists are selected and a final judging is made.  The winners are announced in the spring.