Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777 was selected for the 2015 American Revolution Round Table of Richmond Book Award.
The American Revolution Round Table of Richmond’s annual book award honors a volume published within the previous two years. The evaluation criteria is narrative strength, the thoroughness of the author’s research (mastery of sources), and originality and significance of the author’s contribution to the understanding of the American Revolution. The award was presented to Mike Harris on September 27, 2015 at Fort Ticonderoga’s 12th Annual Seminar on the American Revolution.
Brandywine Creek calmly meanders through the Pennsylvania countryside today, but on September 11, 1777, it served as the scenic backdrop for the largest battle of the American Revolution, one that encompassed more troops over more land than any combat fought on American soil until the Civil War. Long overshadowed by the stunning American victory at Saratoga, the complex British campaign that defeated George Washington’s colonial army and led to the capture of the capital city of Philadelphia was one of the most important military events of the war. Michael C. Harris’s Brandywine is the first full-length study of this pivotal engagement in many years.
Theodore P. Savas, Managing Director of Savas Beatie stated, “We are very pleased Mr. Harris has been recognized for his work in Brandywine, humbled to have published it, and honored that it was selected for this award by the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond.”
Bill Welsch, of the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond and Co-Founder of the Congress of American Revolution Round Tables stated, “With the publication of this book, we finally have a thorough, accurate, and well-balanced study of Brandywine, including the early stages of the campaign and the battle itself. The use of original sources and narratives puts readers in the heart of the action, right along with the leaders, the common soldiers, and the local civilians. With this carefully researched and engagingly written chronicle, Harris contributes much to our knowledge of the critical Philadelphia Campaign.”
About the Author: Michael C. Harris is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and the American Military University. He has worked for the National Park Service in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Fort Mott State Park in New Jersey, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at Brandywine Battlefield. He has conducted tours and staff rides of many east coast battlefields. Michael is certified in secondary education and currently teaches in the Philadelphia region. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Michelle and son, Nathanael.
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