Winkler, John F. Point Pleasant, 1774: Prelude to the American Revolution.

Oxford, UK: Osprey, 2014.

Because of my own family connections, I have a strong interest in the colonists who settled along the Ohio River and in western Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania generally during the mid-18th century. That includes involvement in the Battle of Point Pleasant, which set the stage for the fight between Britain and the new “Americans” in the west.

Osprey has a long history of producing concise yet detailed volumes on important military campaigns and set-piece battles, and this book, at less than a hundred pages, is no exception.

Winkler, an Ohio lawyer, is also a native of the area himself and an expert in local history. He produces an excellent overview of the region’s settlement, provides useful detail on the major figures involved, and carefully tracks the Virginia militia units as they converged on the outnumbered Indian forces under Cornsilk at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. He also examines the political situation in the inland portions of the colonies, which was quite different from what was about to happen in places like Massachusetts and South Carolina. As with all this publisher’s books, there are many photos, maps, charts, and descriptive art. A first-rate reference for the events of 1774 in the west.

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