Today is the final day of my holiday break, which was longer this year (15 days) than it has been recently. Tomorrow I head back to the office and later this week I will also start spring semester classes at the colleges where I teach. So the nose is headed back to the old grindstone, and soon!
This morning I managed to complete my second book in the past week, The Drillmaster of Valley Forge by Paul Lockhart. While I don't feel qualified to evaluate this book within the context of Rev War historiography, I feel very comfortable recommending this book to anyone interested in the topic. As with the Gus Fox biography, this book is very well-written, places it's subject within the context of events, and is readable and enjoyable. The author definitely is a defender of Steuben, and writes passionately to that end. Next on the reading list is The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat by Earl Hess. I am really looking forward to this book, which has already garnered much critical acclaim. Of course, since it's back to work this week, the reading pace will probably be much slower.