This Osprey title is like most Osprey books and like all the books in the Fortress series, well illustrated, but text this new book has some mistakes. Mr. Field is the author of several interesting and informative books of Osprey on the American frontier forts. Unfortunately, Mr. Field, almost unaware of Russian America and the Russian forts in Alaska.
At p.4. the author argues that "by the 1770s the Russian Fur Company chartered by the tsarist government to control all exploration". However, this company did not exist at all, the Russian American Company was created only in 1799.
Mr. Field here writes that "In 1799 company manager Alexander Baranov established fortified trade factory called Fort Archangel Gabriel in Sitka Bay, Alaska."
In fact, the settlement was called "the fortress of St. Michael the Archangel" or Michael's fortress. The name "Fort Archangel Gabriel," which always occurs in the text and on maps, in Russian America never was.
On the maps, the green triangles indicate the trade forts, mistakenly placed fortresses of the Tlingit Indians (Brown Bear Fort, Sapling Fort, Grouse Fort). But they never were trading posts. They were the refuge during the war.
On p.10 wrongly described to strengthen the fort Archangel Michael. In the fortress of St. Michael's never had 32 guns. Such a large number of artillery was not in the whole of Russian America. In addition, the fortress had no stockade, and only from one side have chevaux-de-frise.
St. Michael's fortress was captured and burned by the Tlingit is not in May 1802, as stated in the text on p. 47, but on June 16 (28) 1802.
In the battle on the Russian side, and Aleuts was not killed and wounded 26 men, as stated on p.48. In fact, in the battle killed 10 men (3 sailors, 3 Russian hunters and 4 Kodiak Eskimos) and wounded was 27 (9 Russian hunters, 6 Kodiak Eskimos and 12 sailors).
Fortress New Archangel was not surrounded by a stockade with a blockhouse at the corners.
Baranov was not awarded the "Gold Medal of the Order of St. Vladimir," but had the Order of St. Anne, 2nd degree, which is shown on a reducible author portrait by artist Tikhanov. And he received it not in 1803, as alleged in the text, but in 1807. In 1803, Baranov was granted the rank of the collegiate counselor.
Apparently, the only source of information the author about of Russian America was referred to them in the bibliography of the article «Overland Monthly», full of errors. This contrasts sharply with professionally written sections of the American military forts, and even the Russian Fort Ross in California (details about the author, probably due to the museum staff).
Unfortunately, Mr. Field has not used even widely known and published material about the Russian forts in Alaska (Konstantin Fort, St. Michael's Redoubt, Redoubt St. Dionysius). Although preserved their plans and sketches of the appearance. It seems he is not even aware of their existence.