U.S. Military History Group

Founded in 2012, the U.S. Military History Group (USMHG) is a not-for-profit organization supporting the U.S. Military History Review, a peer-reviewed e-journal devoted to the military history of the United States. The USMHG also recognizes exceptional scholarship in this field through three annual book awards.


Announcements!

The U.S. Military History Group is pleased to announce Earl J. Hess’ Civil War Supply and Strategy: Feeding Men and Moving Armies and Kenneth W. Noe’s The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War as co-winners of the 2020 Colonel Richard W. Ulbrich Memorial Book Award.

Praise for the winners from the Selection Committee members:

“Both The Howling Storm and Civil War Supply and Strategy are truly path-breaking and foundational works, in focus, scope, depth, and insight.”

“This year’s nominations presented the committee with an extraordinarily difficult choice between two highly original, ambitious, and extremely deeply researched works of scholarship, by authors already well-known for their insight-filled topical and thematic explorations in the military history of the American Civil War. Kenneth Noe’s book, The Howling Storm, is the first full-length, holistic, and chronological examination of the impact of climate and weather on the Civil War as a whole, and for most of its major campaigns. Noe both demonstrates the varied effects of weather and climate on specific campaigns and battles, and synthesizes their impact on the military possibilities and trajectory of the war. Only a remarkable research effort could achieve these comprehensive goals, and The Howling Storm shows the mastery of sources and events Noe has developed across a long and fruitful career. Indeed, few scholars would have attempted so ambitious a project, or with such range and acuity. Kenneth W. Noe is the Draughon Professor of Southern History (emeritus) at Auburn University.”

Civil War Supply and Strategy, the latest of Earl Hess’s many path-breaking explorations of themes in Civil War military history, demonstrates his usual mastery of sources and ability to draw comparisons across the military history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Once again Hess has taken a topic that has received surprisingly limited scholarly attention and a previously piecemeal historiography to a new level of analysis, synthesis, and sophistication, providing an array of insights both specific and general, into the mechanics of supply, their critical impact on strategy and operations, and the sources and dynamics of Union victory and Confederate defeat. Earl J. Hess is the Stewart W. McClelland Chair in History at Lincoln Memorial University.”

-- Jane Johansson, professor of history, Rogers State University, author of Albert Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier

-- Steven Sodergren, professor of history, Norwich University, author of The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns

-- Samuel Watson, professor of history, United States Military Academy, author of Peacekeepers and Conquerors: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1821-1846

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The U.S. Military History Group is pleased to announce Kate Werran’s An American Uprising in Second World War England: Mutiny in the Duchy as the winner of the 2020 Master Corporal Jan Stanislaw Jakobczak Memorial Book Award.

After reading History at Oxford University, Kate Werran wrote for local and national newspapers before switching to television where she worked for one of Britain’s leading independent documentary makers, producing 20th Century history programs for Channel 4, Channel 5, and the BBC.

Praise from the Selection Committee members:

“Kate Werran tackles the highly relevant subject of how badly the US Army treated their black soldiers at a time when the United States fought Hitler - the world’s greatest racist – with a segregated army. The author shows convincingly how the often high motivation of the black soldiers was grinded to dust in the everyday racism and that officers did not shy away from twisting the truth to cover up the terrible fallout of that racism when the victims for once stood up against it. The important book is partly structured like the original court martial proceedings and thus makes for engaging reading, despite the dreadful topic.”

--Robert Burrell, author of The Ghosts of Iwo Jima

--Gene Fax, author of With Their Bare Hands: General Pershing, the 79th Division, and the battle for Montfaucon

--Jörg Muth, author of Command Culture: Officer Education in the U.S. Army and the German Armed Forces, 1901-1940

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The U.S. Military History Group is pleased to announce Kara Dixon Vuic’s The Girls Next Door: Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines as the winner of the 2020 Captain Richard Lukaszewicz Memorial Book Award.

Kara Dixon Vuic is the inaugural LCpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society in Twentieth-Century America at Texas Christian University, an endowed position honoring a Texas Marine killed in Afghanistan. She is the author of Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War, which won the Lavinia L. Dock Book Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing and was a Finalist for the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award.


Praise from the Selection Committee members:

“Kara Dixon Vuic’s The Girls Next Door demonstrates that nontraditional military history is as important, interesting, and relevant as the battles and leaders accounts that have historically dominated the field. Vuic masterfully tells the story of the young women who volunteered to travel overseas to support the servicemen fighting in the United States’ various twentieth century conflicts. She stresses that these women overcame both physical and psychological dangers to maintain the connection between the servicemen and the country that sent them off to war. In her thoughtful, well-written, and thoroughly-researched work, Vuic tackles the complicated and controversial issues surrounding these women and their difficult and sometimes contradictory roles without the usual axe-grinding and polemics. The result is an impressive book that fully deserves the 2021 Captain Richard Lukaszewicz Memorial Book Award.”

--Martin G. Clemis, author of The Control War: The Struggle for South Vietnam, 1968–1975

--Brian McAllister Linn, author of Elvis’s Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield

--Stephen R. Taaffe, author of Commanding the Pacific: Marine Corps Generals in World War II