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Memoir of Ulric Dahlgren
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Memoir of Ulric Dahlgren

By Dahlgren, (Rear Admiral) John Adolphus Bernard, 1809-1870

Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1871. Octavo. 308 pages. (4)pp. ads. In 1864, he led an unsuccessful raid on the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia and was killed. The failed raid resulted in the Dahlgren Affair after incriminating documents were discovered on Dahlgren's corpse which contained orders for an assassination plot against Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The discovery and publication of the Dahlgren Papers sparked controversy in the South. The disrespectful display of Dahlgren's corpse in Richmond inflamed Northern public opinion. There is speculation that these papers may have contributed to John Wilkes Booth's decision to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln a year later. Inscribed by Mrs. Dahlgren on the second blank, bound in brown cloth over beveled boards centrally stamped in blind, spine lettering gilt, brown coated endpapers, slight wear to spine ends and corners, some toning to page edges. A very nice copy.

$125.00

Life and Military Career of Thomas Jonathan Jackson, Lieutenant-General in the Confederate Army
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Life and Military Career of Thomas Jonathan Jackson, Lieutenant-General in the Confederate Army

By Addey, Markinfield

New York: Charles T. Evans, 1863. First Edition. Small Octavo. Portrait frontispiece, 240 pages. Written a generation before the Professor at the British Military Staff College, Lieutenant Colonel G.F.R. Henderson's important biography of Stonewall Jackson. This was among the earliest and the most interesting accounts of one of the Confederacy's most remarkable generals. As Frank Van Diver noted, his work was among the most collectible of the first biographies. Bound in red cloth, spine lettering gilt but fading, dark brown coated endpapers. A very good copy.

$150.00

The Life of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, Embracing His services in the Armies of the United States, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States, with illustrations Onf Steel and Wood
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The Life of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, Embracing His services in the Armies of the United States, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States, with illustrations Onf Steel and Wood

By Johnston, William Preston

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1878. First Edition. Thick Large Octavo. Frontispiece, 755 pages. index, (4)pp. publisher's ads, illustrations Of Steel and Wood. After serving in the Black Hawk War, he resigned (1834) from the U.S. army and went to Texas where he enlisted (1835) in the revolutionary army. Johnston became its commander in 1837 and served as Texas secretary of war, 1838-40. In the Mexican War, he commanded a regiment of volunteers and saw action at Monterrey. Reentering the U.S. army in 1849, Johnston served on the Texas frontier, was commander of the Dept. of Texas (1856-58), led the expedition against the Mormons (1857), and commanded the Dept. of Utah (1858-60). When Texas seceded from the Union in Apr., 1861, Johnston, commanding the Dept. of the Pacific, again resigned his commission in the U.S. army and was soon made general in charge of Confederate operations in the West. Union victories, especially at Fort Donelson (Feb., 1862), forced him to withdraw from the line of defense he had established in 1861. He concentrated an army at Corinth, Miss., and on Apr. 6, 1862, attacked Ulysses S. Grant at Shiloh. Johnston was killed at the height of battle. One of the handful of generals on either side that were regarded by their contemporaries and later historians as truly great. Bound in maroon cloth, spine lettering gilt, all edges marbled, some rubbing to edges of upper board, short closed edge to to upper margin, no owner's names or bookplates. A very good copy. [Civil War Books II, p. 68. Howes J-175. Basic Texas Books, 112; Dornbusch II, 2872].

$375.00

The Camp Fires of General Lee: From the Peninsula to Appoxmatox Court-House with reminisces of the March, the Camp, the Bivouac and of Personal Adventure
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The Camp Fires of General Lee: From the Peninsula to Appoxmatox Court-House with reminisces of the March, the Camp, the Bivouac and of Personal Adventure

By Ellis, Edward S.

Philadelphia; (Feb. 1886): Henry Harrison. First Edition. Octavo. 414 page, illustrated. Though written in the North, the writer has produced a warm and fascinating account of General Lee. There are a number of very nice engravings of General Lee in command. A handsome near fine copy bound in gray pictorial cloth lettered and decorated in black, gilt and ed, spine lettering gilt, internally fresh without foxing. Very nice. [Dornbush, II, 279].

$125.00

Glimpses of Chickamauga; a Complete Guide to all points of Interest on This Historic Battle-field..the Battles Around Chattanooga with Maps and Illustrations from Original Drawings and Photographs
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Glimpses of Chickamauga; a Complete Guide to all points of Interest on This Historic Battle-field..the Battles Around Chattanooga with Maps and Illustrations from Original Drawings and Photographs

By Disbrow, Abert

Chicago; (1896): Donohue & Henneberry. Octavo. 136 pages. Besides map there are an additional 34 engravings of the major participants. The author with W.A. Wood, Assistant Engineer of the Monument had surveyed the entire fifteen miles and noted where towers, tables and gun carriages were found. E.E. Betters provided the map as the chief draftsman for the U.S. Government at Chattanooga. Bound in maroon cloth lettered in gilt, spine plain, upper board cracked through endpaper, previous owner's bookplate, some chipping to front free endpaper, toning to margins. light rubbing to boards.

$85.00

Fire and Fall Back (Inscribed to Lee Marvin)
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Fire and Fall Back (Inscribed to Lee Marvin)

By McClure, Glenn E.

Universal City, Texas: Barnes Press, 1975. First Edition. Octavo. 2nd printing. 256 pages, index. Lee Marvin's copy inscribed from the author "For Lee Marvin, who helped secure Saipan for our Superforts in WW II" Glenn, 23, October 76. Lee served with the 4th Marine Division in "I" Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, and was wounded in action on June 18, 1944, during the assault on Mount Tapochau in the Battle of Saipan, during which most of his company were casualties. He was hit by machine gun fire, which severed his sciatic nerve and then was hit again in the foot by a sniper. After over a year of medical treatment in naval hospitals, Marvin was given a medical discharge with the rank of private first class. This work was based on the World War II diaries of Colonel Clinton D. "Casey" Vincent in the years 1942-1944 who notes they bombed with the long-range Superforts while the Marines led their assault in Saipan. Clinton Dermott Vincent was a graduate of West Point and became an U.S. Air Forces ACE, credited with shooting down 6 enemy aircraft. He was also the model for Milton Caniff's comic strip character "Colonel Vince Casey", Foreword by Milton Caniff. Bound in black cloth, spine lettering red, a fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with light shipping to upper edges of rear panel, a closed tear to upper edge of front panel.

$225.00

Army Blue, the Uniform of Uncle Sam's Regluars 1848-1873
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Army Blue, the Uniform of Uncle Sam's Regluars 1848-1873

By Langellier, John P.

Atglen, PA: (1998): Shiffer Military History. First Edition. Quarto. Signed by the author.350pp. illustrated in color and in black and white showing uniforms of all ranks and includes all parts of the uniform with detailed descriptions of buttons, badges, shoulder straps, various hats, and more. An essential guide for those who collect or just wish to know more about our military uniform from this period. A very nice copy bound in beige cloth lettered in black, spine lettering black, marbled endpapers, lower corner bumped, in near fine unclipped pictorial dust jacket.

$135.00

Buck; a Tennessee Boy in Korea (inscribed to: Lee Marvin, My Favorite Tought
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Buck; a Tennessee Boy in Korea (inscribed to: Lee Marvin, My Favorite Tought

By Cox, Keller; Raymond L. (Doc) Frazier

(Chogie, Clarksville, TN, 1982). Octavo. 215 pages; Buck is the story of a young 16 year old soldier in Korea who by age18 was a combat veteran and then a P.O.W. Growing up as a sharecropper without schooling, the recruiting Sergeant taught him to write his name so he could be enlisted. He was a graduate of "Olde Pusan U" while technically fiction it was based on the memories of Raymond L. "Doc" Frazier. In a review of the book, William K. Cooper, Forward Observer of the Second Division says: "These 'Dogface Warriors' have my undying respect. They did it. They hung tough." Bound in blue cloth, spine lettering gilt, in a very good pictorial dust jacket with a few tiny holes to rear fold, only very minor wear to spine ends.

$75.00

Espana Contra El Fascismo
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Espana Contra El Fascismo

By Edelman, Bernardo

Buenos Aires: J.A.E.L., 1939. Small Octavo. Unopened. 223 pages. Spanish text. Edelman had written on the hopes of democracy in Spain earlier but here he trace how fascism took over and by 1938 had solidified its control. He left for Buenos Aires to write this work in 1938. Bound in pictorial paper wraps with yapped edges (front edge trimmed) lettered and decorated in red and dark green, spine lettering green, browning to leaves, some foxing to wraps. A very good copy of this scarce work.

$75.00

European Arms and Armour: Text with Historical Notes and Illustrations, Fifth Ed, Revised
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European Arms and Armour: Text with Historical Notes and Illustrations, Fifth Ed, Revised

By Mann, James (Sir)

London: Printed for the Trustees By William Clowes, 1962. Octavo. In two volumes. The Wallace Collection which was initially formed by Richard, fourth Marques of Hertford (1800-1870) was vastly increased by his son Sir Richard Wallace (1818-1890). While some are traced to much earlier family members, it was the later members who made this the great collection it is. The first volume presents the earliest French, German and English work including helmets, horse armor and a glossary. 1-239 pages, followed by 104 plates. Volume two 240-714 has pistols, staff weapons, swords, bolt belts, etc., followed by 103 plates. The total for both volumes is 208 photographs. Since many plates have five or six images, there are an estimated 1,100 images all told. Bound in full green faux leather, spines lettered in gilt, one corner on volume two bumped. A very nice, clean bright set.

$95.00

By the President of the United States, A Proclamation.  Respecting Soldiers Absent Without Leave.  Executive Mansion, March 10, 1863
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By the President of the United States, A Proclamation. Respecting Soldiers Absent Without Leave. Executive Mansion, March 10, 1863

By Lincoln, Abraham

Washington, D.C.: Executive Mansion, 1863. Small Octavo. 4 page, folded pamphlet issued to military. The large number of desertions in the Civil War was becoming epidemic. Previously, they might go home to bring in a harvest, to visit a wife (or girl friend) or simply be tired of either war or what often seemed like endless waiting for something to happen. This offered soldiers amnesty if they returned before April 1, 1863. Their only penalty would be the forfeiture of pay and allowances during their absence. After that date they will be arrested as "deserters and punished as the law provides." Pages 2-3 lists 36 places where they can report. Besides those near the places of conflict, it includes locations as far away as Fort Vancouver (Washington Territory), Fort Randall (Dakota Territory), Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.

$300.00

Major-General George H. Thomas; The Annual Address Delivered Before the New York Historical Society...January 5, 1875 (Bound with Extract: Sketch of Gen. George H. Thomas)
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Major-General George H. Thomas; The Annual Address Delivered Before the New York Historical Society...January 5, 1875 (Bound with Extract: Sketch of Gen. George H. Thomas)

By DePeyster, J. Watts (John Watts), 1821-1907

New York: Atlantic Publishing Co, 1875. Quarto. A unique Civil War item on Gen. George H. Thomas. The author J. Watts DePeyster was one of the first important historians and writers on the Civil War. His work, New American Tactics appeared in the Army-Navy Journal advocating using skirmish lines instead of main lines of battle (which was a revolutionary theory in its time). He was a close friend of Daniel E. Sickles defending his role at Gettysburg. Much of his writing was in praising the generalship of George H. Thomas. Here is his address in 1875 with a steel engraving of Gen. Thomas, not in the original volume, bound in with an extract entitled Sketch of Gen. George H. Thomas which came from his Decisive Conflicts of the Late Civil War [pp. 545-576], with an engraving of DePeyster. Tipped in onto the front endpapers are two letters of DePeyster to a Major. Lambert (one of the first serious collectors of Civil War memorabilia): the first (1883) marked Personal said he is sending two engravings (and two heliographs not present here) given out by Ersten [?] of Nashville which if he ever prints another edition will include them. He further writes: "Gen. George H. Thomas was very near death and they say he talked [on certain matters] to me as he never talked to another man." Yours, signed, By the way I published, ..the two addresses before NY Hist Society & Nashville & perhaps a 4th". Also bound in is an earlier letter (1880) by him to Mr. Lambert on the latter's "beautiful tribute to thomas" requests if possible a copy for his private collection,.. signed J Watts DePeyster. Laid in his summary of the offprint to Major Lambert. Mounted to the rear endpapers is a five page memoir of General Thomas from issues April 3 and April 10, 1869 extracted from The Soldier's Friend (1864-1870). It is an apparent attempt to answer the delay of Thomas to launch the long-anticipated attack on Gen. John Bell Hood ( the delay that came close to his removal by General Grant). The item is very scarce with no complete holdings known though the Huntington's is virtually complete. A very nice unique work devoted to General George H. Thomas. Bound in 3/4 green morocco over marbled paper covered boards, some staining or fading to boards.

$1150.00

Commentaries on the Surgery of the War in Portugal, Spain, France, and the Netherlands
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Commentaries on the Surgery of the War in Portugal, Spain, France, and the Netherlands

By Guthrie, G.J. (George James)

Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1862. Octavo. Sixth edition. 614 pages, illustrations. This book was quickly printed from the London 1855 edition for use of surgeons in the Civil War. It began with a general treatment on gunshot wounds which very few physicians had dealt with prior to the war. Later in the year in a very small print run Thomas Longmore's Treatise on Gunshot Wounds would appear but this work was the primary one in makeshift field hospitals while Longmore which once printed was often destroyed as blood, filth, etc. were encrusted as physicans worked sometimes day and into the night hours. While this work began with what had been observed in the Crimean War, Longmore would distinguish wounds from the variations between the Enfield and Whitworth rifles. As in the case of most medical volumes published in the Civil War, they truly became working volumes, this volume has relative light wear. Bound in green embossed cloth, spine lettering gilt (fading), corners worn through, some chipping to spine ends, with a few nicks to spine, previous owner's name. A very good copy.

$550.00

Original Documents of the Marine Paymaster, 1853-1954
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Original Documents of the Marine Paymaster, 1853-1954

By Russell, (Major), William Worthington (1821-1862)

. Major Russell, William Worthington (1821-1862), the Marine who served as Paymaster for two decades. While serving under the overall command of General Winfield Scott in the U.S.-Mexican War, he was aboard the ship Independence when Captain Shattuck against the orders of Scott ordered Russell to lead a contingent in a counter-attack in a surprise attack by Mexican forces at San Jose, Mexico. He later participated in the Marine successful counter attack at Harper's Ferry but as a staff officer could not perform armed action. At the beginning of the Civil War, he served as aide-de-camp for George McClellan. His alcoholism led to his forced resignation and was followed by his death in 1862. The following are six documents under his control as Paymaster and either signed by Brodhead or others in the chain-of-command. They provide us with the issues of both equal pay between the Quartermasters and the Paymasters (a constant complain until this was resolved in 1853) as well as those who either left the service through illness, claimed extra pay for hardship tours, as well as a special grant by congress for S.G. Schaffer. Such documents are uncommon and show the importance of Major Russell before his extraordinary service and his downfall in the initial year of the Civil War because of alcohol. Document I (April 16, 1853) involves payment of Martin Collier, a settler, whose claim is denied by J.M Brodhead, Controller and addressed to the attention of Major Russell. Document II (August 8, 1853) document to note that the Paymaster [Major Wm. E. Russell] will make certain pay is equalized between those serving in the Office of the Paymaster as well as the clerks of corresponding grade in the Office of the Quarter Master of the Corps. Document III (May 31, 1854) involves the record of Charles Gallottie who served in the Mexican War (noted here as serving in the Pacific Ocean). It notes Gallottie's entire record from his serving as a drummer for the Marines in the 2nd Regiment in 1841 to his discharge on health problems. Document IV (September 8, 1853) full, extra pay of $142.57 received at New York, of Major W.W. Russell extra pay [for S.G. Schaffer] as an act of Congress for the Naval Service, ending June 30, 1854 on board the U.S. Vessel Ohio & Southhampton which served in the Pacific Ocean on the coast of California and Mexico. Signed Samuel G. Schaffer, verso notes served Dec 31, 1847 to May 2, 1849. Now transferred to the Southhampton. Document V (November 14, 1854) regarding claim of Lt. George Holmes of the Marine Corps to double rations "in command of the Marine guard of the U.S. Ship Jamestown, and Senior Marine officer on the Brazil Station", from June 13 to Nov. 8, 1953, 149 days amounting to $119.20. J.M. Brodhead does not find compelling evidence under the Navy Department Order of December 11, 1849. The claim therefore is disallowed. J.M. Brodhead, Controller, to the attention of Maj. W.W. Russell, Paymaster, M. Corps, Washington, D.C. Document VI November 24, 1854, 4 pages, long detailed regulations for terms for those who reenlist in the Marines. Besides regular military pay-grade, there is a bonus of $2 a month. Signed by Wm. Brodhead, Attention: Major W.W. Russell.

$725.00

1 Page, ALS, Excuse from Militia, June, 1943
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1 Page, ALS, Excuse from Militia, June, 1943

By Griffiths, Elijah L., M.D. (1770-1847)

Measures approximately 7 3/4" x 4 1/2" handwritten on wove paper. Dr. Elijah L. Griffiths, surgeon, 79the Regiment, excuses John Parry for a bad fracture below his knee, incapacitating him and rendering him unable to perform military duty. Dated June 15, 1843. Dr. Griffiths was noted as an intimate friend of Thomas Jefferson (see, The History of Salem County). His marriage on December 31, 1829 is recorded in the Pennsylvania Vital Records, Vol. III, p. 153.

$285.00

Original 1842 Paymaster's Check to Washington, D.C. Officer, Lt. Josiah Watson,  February 1, 1842
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Original 1842 Paymaster's Check to Washington, D.C. Officer, Lt. Josiah Watson, February 1, 1842

Check measures approximately 6 3/4" x 2 3/4". It is signed by Major George W. Walker who had been appointed paymaster of the USMC by President Andrew Jackson in 1836 and he served until his death in 1862. The USMC was quite small at the time and there was usually only a couple of qualified paymasters with Walker being the top one. The check is to Lt. Josiah Watson for $71.00 on February 1, 1842. It was Josiah Watson who became involved in the first Civil War battle three months before the Fall of Fort Sumpter. He was in command of the Warrington Navy Yard on January 8, 1861 with 38 Marines under his command who had fired a shot defending the flag. On January 12,, The Secessionist troops had marched from Pensacola to the Navy Yard in two hours and Watson surrendered on orders. Though not as big as the attack and fall of Fort Sumpter, it was the earliest shot in what became known as the Civil War, so Watson moved from being the Chief Financial Officer for the Marines to the commander of the Warrington Navy Yard.

$265.00

1 Page, ALS, Excuse from Militia, June, 1829
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1 Page, ALS, Excuse from Militia, June, 1829

By Griffiths, Elijah L., M.D. (1770-1847)

measures approximately 7" x 6 5/8" handwritten on wove paper. Dr. Elijah L. Griffiths, surgeon, 79the Regiment, excuses John R. Reder for rheumatic disease preventing him from performing military duty. Dated, June 12, 1839, at Philadelphia. The History of Salem County, New Jersey notes he died in 1847 and had been an "intimate friend of Thomas Jefferson". In The Old Houses of Salem County it notes his house was on land once owned by John Fenwick but property called his "retreat" since it is very inaccessible. In the Salem County Wills (1820) it is noted that he joined others in paying for the annual keep of William Sharp (brother of Abraham Sharp) at the Friends' Asylum of the State of Pennsylvania for maintenance." His marriage on December 31, 1829 is recorded in the Pennsylvania Vital Records, Vol. III, p. 153. Verso is handwritten certificate exempting John R. Reder from military duty.

$375.00

1008 Construction Battalion Detachment; tour of Duty, Solomon Islands, July, 1943-May 1945
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1008 Construction Battalion Detachment; tour of Duty, Solomon Islands, July, 1943-May 1945

By United States. Navy. Construction Battalion Detachment. 1008th

[Lederer, Street and Zeus, Printers; Berkeley, California; 1946]. Oblong Quarto. Construction battalion detachment was the one assigned to the Solomon Islands where they performed major tasks to create a major docking facility while fighting malaria and insects. This remarkable volume has hundreds of photographs that document the 1008th which was one of the larger battalions (some on smaller islands had as few as sixty men). Laid in are papers of how the Association funds were spent on the printing, engravings, editing, and other task in producing one of the most thorough Seabee volumes (at the cost of $9,480.50 in 1946). Only two copies are found on OCLC. Also laid in is a mimeographed list of the men and where they were located in the photographs of the entire battalion. A handsome copy, near fine bound in brown and blue cloth lettered in brown and blue, Owner's (subscriber) name stamped in gilt to upper board.

$400.00

Marine Corps Patriotic Rally, June 10, 1917
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Marine Corps Patriotic Rally, June 10, 1917

16 unnumbered pages. The Programme shows the speakers, the music, the patriotic themes. Much of the book have the sponsors (all Philadelphia businesses). The cover of the booklet is in full color and was printed by John C. Winston Company (which also has a full page ad). The Philadelphia Enquirer had a full page ad announcing it the same day. small chip to head of spine, some separation along the spine, light finger soiling. Very good.

$40.00

Connecticut. 2nd Regiment. 1864.  (Civil War Pass)
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Connecticut. 2nd Regiment. 1864. (Civil War Pass)

The document measures approximately 5" x 5". Written a week after the end of Cold Harbor as the men of the 2nd Regiment of Connecticut's Heavy Artillery moving slowly toward Richmond. In Vaill's History of the Second Connecticut Volunteer Artillery, p. 75ff., Colonel Randl [sic] S. McKenzie yelled: "Tell Meramble to get his head down before it gets knocked off." As they moved toward Petersburg, McKenzie had two fingers shot off, returning to battle two weeks later with a rag around the stumps on his hand. Jubal Early's Cavalry had appeared with the fear that the Capitol itself was threatened but the Union forces quickly converged near Washington ending the threat. Vaill notes Col. Warren Alford appeared here with captured cattle and barrels of flour. It is in this context that this document takes place on July 24, 1864. col. McKenzie is able to sign the pass (it is not stated which hand had lost the fingers), it allows Lt. Charles A. Reynolds and Corporal Benjamin B. Thayer of Co. "E" to visit Washington but they must return by evening. Very few of these handwritten documents have survived so here is a rare original piece of Civil War history.

$350.00

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