The New-York Historical Society and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation announced last month that David Preston, a history professor at The Citadel, has been awarded the third annual Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History for his book, “Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution.”
The $50,000 prize is bestowed annually in recognition of the best book in the field of military history published in English during the previous calendar year.
The book recounts a significant British defeat in the 18th century when England and France were vying for territory in North America.
On July 9, 1755, British regulars and American Colonial troops under the command of General Edward Braddock, commander in chief of the British Army in North America, were attacked by French and Native American forces shortly after crossing the Monongahela River. Within hours, a powerful British army was routed, its commander mortally wounded, and two-thirds of its forces suffered casualties in one the worst disasters in military history.
More than 100 books were submitted for consideration by publishers in the U.S. and the U.K. for the prize.