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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472805097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472805096
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"This well-written, 96-page paperback is lavishly illustrated with photographs, maps and sketches as Winkler concisely details the pre-ARW conflict. But the kicker here is colorful, detailed and action-packed paintings by Dennis." "--Toy Soldier & Model Figure"

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John F. Winkler lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife of more than 40 years. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. He has written many works on the history of Roman, English and American law. He also explores forgotten historical sites in Ohio and neighboring states.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IP on 24 Nov. 2014
Format: Paperback
The perfect gift for all history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
Another great offering from Osprey and a great narrative from John F Winkler . Considering the length of the booklet Winkler packs in an enormous amount of information.

The very informative text on the Point Pleasant campaign is backed up with superb artwork by Peter Dennis, maps and illustrations., highly recommended.
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Prelude to war... 5 Oct. 2014
By D.S.Thurlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In 1774, just as the dispute between the original Thirteen Colonies and Great Britain was leading to the Boston Tea Party, a Continental Congress, and eventually the battles of Lexington and Concord, a separate dispute was boiling over in the Ohio Valley. Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, would lead the Virginia militia into the backcountry to quell an outbreak by Shawnee and Mingo Indians, while solidifying Virginia's claim to the area. This expedition led to a bloody fight at Point Pleasant in what is now West Virginia. That expedition and that fight are the subject of this new book.

"Point Pleasant 1774" is an Osprey Campaign Series book, authored by John Winkler with illustrations by Peter Dennis. It covers the entire Point Pleasant campaign, including a long introduction to the warfare between English settlers and the Indians, the expedition itself, and the negotiations that settled the fate of the Ohio country. The introduction provides necessary context on the long history of frontier fighting, spanning several generations, and the rugged warrior class it produced on both sides. The author makes clear the challenges of supporting armies in the back country, and just how savage the fighting could be.

The heart of the narrative is the battle at Point Pleasant on October 10, 1774, as a column of Virginia militia regiments clashed with a large group of Indian warriors. The bloody fight covered miles of rugged and forested ground next to the Ohio River, lasted all day, and was finally resolved by sheer weight of numbers. Its outcome determined the fate of the expedition. The text is nicely enhanced by a collection of period and modern illustrations, maps, diagrams of the battlefield, and photographs of the area as it is now. The author is clearly knowledgeable of the area and its history. The point is well made that the backcountry fighting is often overlooked in the history of the young United States. Recommended as a good introduction to the topic and the period.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Battle on the Virginia frontier. 25 Oct. 2014
By JAG 2.0 - Published on Amazon.com
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This Osprey Campaign 273 volume entitled "Point Pleasant 1774" by John F. Winkler is a good account of a little known battle between British-led frontiersmen and a Shawnee-Mingo alliance in what is today the state of West Virginia.

The author begins with the strategic situation on the frontier, giving the reader an idea of the Amerindian history of the Ohio valley and I was surprised to read that the Shawnee were immigrants to the Ohio country, having moved there after the area had been emptied of inhabitants as a result of earlier indian warfare. The book chronicles conflicts between the indian tribes and the frontiersmen as both tried to make the Ohio valley their home.

A lot of space is used to list all the leaders of both sides. I saw this as useful since so many who participated in this campaign would later earn fame in the Revolutionary war and on the frontier. The reader learns the objectives of both sides and the incidents that led to this battle. There's a good deal about the weaponry and tactics of both sides and their relative numbers and capabilities.

The campaign itself is presented to the reader as a very careful and cautious advance of the two wings of Lord Dunmore's small army. They are well-supplied and move at a slow, but secure pace against a foe known for effective ambushes. The battle begins as Indians encounter pickets of the frontiersmen and the Indians lose the element of surprise. Though the Indians are masters of their environment, numbers are telling as the more numerous frontiersmen slowly push them back.

I think the author did a good job of setting the stage and giving the reader an idea of the often confusing fight in the forests. The maps are useful and the artwork is excellent. Illustrator Peter Dennis does an excellent job of producing full-color plates that accurately present the participants in period-correct form, fighting in the eastern-American hardwood forests.

This is a good title in the Osprey series and one of the few available on this battle, led by the English governor of Virginia just as Virginia and the other colonies were about to declare their independence. Five stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Like all books in this series it addresses leadership 20 Oct. 2014
By John Mottar - Published on Amazon.com
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Had to read this book because we drove near this site, seeing a sign on the highway for Point Pleasant. A high quality book as expected from Osprey's current Combat series releases. The book reviews a British backed war on the frontier when events along coast and highly settled areas of the country were moving towards rebellion. Like all books in this series it addresses leadership, forces in combat, and the battle supported by good annotated maps. A hard fought battle by both sides, the results were important to the Indians in Ohio and the settlement of Kentucky. Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in American history..
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Good for a reference, but not a good read. 12 Nov. 2014
By Historian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I hate to say it, because I like this campaign and was hoping for a great study of it, but this book just doesn't do it for me. The maps are great, illustrations are good too. However, there's something about the organization of this study that is not put together right. It seems garbled and not logically presented. Moreover, the reader gets an avalanche of details on raids, Indian villages, and 2nd tier leaders that make reading this tedious in many places (as does Osprey's recent book on Francis Marion.)

Also the subtitle, Prelude to the American Revolution, is open to debate!
One of the best in the Campaign series 23 Oct. 2014
By Phil Historian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is another hit volume from John F. Winkler. His previous volumes for Osprey are Wabash 1791 and Fallen Timbers 1794. I would rate this volume better than Fallen Timbers and equal to Wabash. This book deals with the 1774 battle of Point Pleasant, fought during Dunmore's War, a conflict that pitted the Colony of Virginia vs. Shawnee and Mingo Indians. The 3 battle scenes by Peter Dennis depict Indians and frontiersmen fighting in the autumn forest, and are first rate. The birds eye view maps show the course of the fighting. Point Pleasant was a bitter fight, but rather a large brawl with a little over 100 dead, around the same number wounded, and less than 1,500 combatants involved. Other battles of the 18th century, even some in North America, were much bigger, (Blenheim, Fontenoy, Zorndorf, Panipat, and Brandywine come to mind). I really liked this one, and another good release from Osprey.
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