At the November 1st meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, we were very honored to have Professor David L. Preston speak to us about his most recent book, Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution (Pivotal Moments in American History), 2015. Dr. Preston is the Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies at The Citadel where he teaches cadets and officer candidates about U.S. military history and early American history. He is, “one of the most gifted young historians writing today,” according to the eminent historian and Pulitzer-Prize winner David Hackett Fischer.
Dr. David L. Preston
Dr. Preston discussed how growing up in Pennsylvania instilled a passion in him for the French and Indian War and inevitably one of the reasons behind writing two books (the other being The Texture Of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the Frontiers of Iroquoia, 1667-1783, 2009) on the topic. He also made mention of being a die-hard Steelers fan.
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He has received many national accolades including: