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95thRegt02 Jul 2018 2:10 p.m. PST

I received the Cowpens Osprey Campaign series book today fro Amazon. I've been looking forward to getting this since I first saw it on Amazon. I must say,with a quick glance through,I'm pretty disappointed. I haven't read any of it yet,but I heard via people who have it,the text is quite amateurish and sometimes inaccurate. I noticed the AWFUL artwork,which I've noticed the newer Osprey Campaign series uses,is pretty bad as well. The newer titles seem to be thrown together with no regard to research both text,and artwork. Is Osprey mailing it in at this point??

Bob C.

Brechtel19802 Jul 2018 2:51 p.m. PST

The Guilford Courthouse volume is worse-much, much worse. It is so bad that the NPS Visitor Center at Guilford Courthouse won't carry it.

42flanker02 Jul 2018 3:54 p.m. PST

'New York 1776,' published some time ago, is, unfortunately, cut from the same cloth.

95thRegt02 Jul 2018 4:08 p.m. PST

I have them all unfortunately.


historygamer02 Jul 2018 4:18 p.m. PST

If Brendan didn't write it, then it's likely junk. I agree, the artwork has gone down hill too.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2018 5:06 p.m. PST

It could be worse. There's a special place in my heart for the "Duel" volume that does Centurions vs T-55's. I paid money for that one, too.

Some day, Osprey will hire an editor. Maybe a proof-reader too, but surely at least an editor?

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2018 5:58 p.m. PST

As Thedoric of York, medieval barber, would say, "Naaaaaaah."

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Jul 2018 6:23 p.m. PST

Actually the Osprey book is a cut down version of the Author's (Ed and Catherine Gilbert) longer book "True For The Cause of Liberty", which is basically the story of the Second Spartans or Fair Forest or Brandon's Regiment.
Depending on who you believe, the same regiment is referred to by all 3 names.
The longer book fills in quite a bit of what "Cowpens" lacks. But it's full of opposing points to Babits and some other, more respected writers.
I have both and recognize them for what they are worth, which is a pleasant read through.

Terry3702 Jul 2018 7:49 p.m. PST

If you are looking for a good account of the Battle of Cowpens then I recommend Kenneth Roberts "The Battle of Cowpens". You'll likely have to look in used book sources as it was printed many years ago.

Just did a search on Abe Books, and it looks like the Center did a reprint so you can obtain pretty cheaply. My copy is a first edition and was printed many years ago, but always a favorite read.



Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2018 8:24 p.m. PST

It appears Osprey is just turning them out as fast as they can. I wish the authors would take their time and do the research and get a better artist.

95thRegt03 Jul 2018 6:49 a.m. PST

It appears Osprey is just turning them out as fast as they can. I wish the authors would take their time and do the research and get a better artist.

Yeah,sure seems that way. Sad.
And no,I wasn't looking for a comprehensive book on the battle.I already have Babbits excellent book,A Devil of a Whipping.
I've been getting these campaign books pretty much since they started making them. And the quality has been going downhill for quite awhile now. Same can be said for the other Ospreys IMO.


Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2018 3:35 p.m. PST

Thomas Fleming's effort seems to be more than decent enough…

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