W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

About the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction
This award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. It recognizes the service of American veterans and military personnel and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction. Donated by William Young Boyd II.

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2020 Winner(s)

Darkness at Chancellorsville

by Ralph Peterson, published by Forge Books


"Darkness at Chancellorsville" details the military action that took place at the Battle of Chancellorsville during April 30 to May 6, 1863, when the armies of the North and South met in bitter conflict.  Confederate General Robert E. Lee was outnumbered two to one but by the application of skilled military tactics soundly defeated General Joseph Hooker's Army of the Potomac. The cost of the battle was staggering in casualties, as the Confederates, who had 60,000 troops, suffered 13, 303 casualties, while the Union, who had 133,000 troops, had 17,197 casualties, which included 4,000 taken prisoner. The battle was also very costly to the Confederate Army, as one of their most aggressive field commanders; Lt. General Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded by friendly fire.