Fortification and siege doctrine were a critical component of any eighteenth-century military. Drawing mainly from the Siege of Yorktown, Dr. Glenn F. Williams of the U.S. Army Center of Military History explores the intricacies and technical expertise required to carry out an effective and successful siege in the Revolutionary War. This lecture focuses on eighteenth-century field fortification design, construction and methods for successfully reducing them.
About the Speaker
Glenn F. Williams was the senior historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort McNair, D.C. Prior to that, his positions included historian of the National Museum of the U.S. Army Project, historian of the Army’s Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration, historian of the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service, curator and historian of the USS Constellation Museum, and assistant curator of the Baltimore Civil War Museum – President Street Station. He is the author of several books, including Year of the Hangman: George Washington’s Campaign Against the Iroquois (Westholme Publishing, 2006) and Dunmore’s War: The Last Conflict of America’s Colonial Era, (Westholme Publishing, 2017). In 2018 he received the Shelby Cullom Davis Award from the Society of Colonial Wars and the Judge Robert K. Woltz Award from the French and Indian War Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland, College Park.