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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2013 Winner(s)

Cain at Gettysburg

by Ralph Peters, published by Forge Books

"Cain at Gettysburg" is a detailed account of the events leading up to and including the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg.  The author, a  retired U.S. Army officer, has brought to his writing knowledge of the military culture of this time, knowledge of the Union and Confederate chain of command and an understanding of the terrain of this area.  His writings bring the central characters in his book, Generals George Meade (in command of the Union Army), Robert E. Lee (in command of the Confederate Army) and James Longstreet (a trusted aide to Lee) to life and portray them in some cases in a new historical light. He also tells the story of two regiments and the fate that befell them — the 26th North Carolina and the 26th Wisconsin. The latter ranks were filled by German and Polish immigrants. Peters’ writing further gives voices to the men who composed the armies. You are with them as they act like soldiers, fight, are wounded and die.  To put in perspective and understand the scope of this battle, the combined armies had 150,000 men at the battle. The losses on both sides are estimated at more than 48,000 who were killed, wounded or missing.