Harrisburg: The Aurand Press, 1940. Paperback. First Edition, Third Printing. Privately printed by the author. In side-stapled blue paper wrappers with black title and illustration to front wrap. Minor soiling, edgewear, and browning to wrappers. Creasing to pamphlet. Dog-eared corners, but clean interior. Includes several illustrations. 32 pages. AME/071422. Very Good.
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Board of Governors and Managers of the Home, 1894. Hardcover. It may seem odd to think of Maryland as having once had a home for Confederate Soldiers; however, as the introduction of this souvenir book points out - the sentiments of Marylanders were divided during the war as much of the state was farm land with interests in tobacco farming, but many residents also felt a strong love for the Union. This home was located in the armory, which still stands on Reisterstown Rd. in Pikesville. The book includes a brief history of the armory, descriptions of each room, relics contained within (i.e. Confederate coats, photographs, a fork said to have been used by E.H. Browne in a gun boat at Chicamauga, etc.), photographic images of the grounds, buildings, managers of the home, and residents, lists of officers and rules (Rule 1: Uniforms must be worn on Sundays, holidays, etc. .... 4. Quarreling and other boisterous behavior is not permitted.), excerpts from muster rolls, list of members of the Society of the Army and Navy of Confederate Soldiers of Maryland (including addresses, deceased members, and male decendents), and many advertisements from local companies. A fascinating piece of history for Civil War and Maryland historians. It is unclear how long the home remained in operation or what kind of care the residents received. Bound in grey cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to front board. Rear board is present but nearly detached. Stain to front board, crack to front hinge, and minor toning to margins of pages. Overall, clean and bright interior. 133 pages. MD/122121. Very Good.
Paperback. SCARCE. An interesting collection of Civil War anecdotes, written during the war. Cummings served in the 28th Michigan Infantry. Very good- in modern paper wraps with remains of original front cover depicting a young Union Soldier laid down. Illustrated with engravings. Minor browning and chipping to the edges of the first several pages. 48 pages. American History. AME6/1282. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1866. Hardcover. Confederate Colonel Harry Gilmore recounts his years in the calvary during the Civil War from September 1861 through February 1865. He notes in the preface that he began this reminiscence when first imprisoned at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, continued it two years later when imprisoned at Fort Warren near Boston, and finished a few months after the end of the war and his release. His harrowing recountings of battles, death, and escapes are riveting and well-written. He describes several campaigns in Maryland including burning the Gunpowder River Bridge and trains in 1864. Bound in the original dark red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Tear and small loss to bookcloth near foot of spine. Wear and tears to cloth on corners, edges, and head of spine. Ink stain to rear board, soiling, and rubbing to both boards. Even toning to interior pages and occasional spots of soiling. Creasing to a few corners. One non-colored front free endpaper appears to have been removed from the front. Slight roll to spine. 291 pages. CIV/062022. Very Good.
Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, (1996). Hardcover. Author William Marvel "interweaves the stories of the two ships (The Alabama and the Kearsarge) from their construction in Liverpool and New Hampshire, to the climactic encounter off Cherbourg and he also illuminates the day-to-day experiences of deepwater sailors, one of the most ignored groups of the Civil War" (jacket). He used original source material including muster rolls, logbooks, letters, census and pension records, diaries of officers and crewmen, and French sources. In this book he challenges the accuracy of key memoirs on which previous histories of the Alabama have been based. Perhaps most interesting is his description of the everyday life of the sailors. Size: 8vo. Blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with 20 pages of illustrations. Blue illustrated dust jacket with purple title to spine. Index, 337 pages. CIV/071511. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
New York: Publication Office, Bible House, (1867). Later printing of this scarce compilation compiled, edited, and arranged by Frank Moore. Moore was also the editor of The Rebellion Record and Diary of the American Revolution. In the introduction he writes: "In the preparation of this volume, it has been the design of the editor to preserve, as far as possible, the most notable anecdotes and incidents of the late war, and also such songs, ballads, and other pieces of versification, as have been well received, and are considered worthy of perpetuation by the reading public." Bound in three quarter brown leather with red, cream and blue marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is chipped, bumped and rubbed. Scuffing to paper boards. Front hinge is cracked and rear hinge is tender but text block is tight and holding. Interior pages are generally clean and bright with a library deaccession stamp on title page. With handsome engraved plates of some of the wars major figures, including Lincoln, Grant, Lee, Sherman, Stuart, Sheridan, and Farragut among others. A nice copy in very good condition. Measures 6.5 x 9.75 inches. 560 pages including detailed index. CIVWAR/052421.
New York: Charles B. Richardson, 1863. Hardcover. First Edition. Edward A. Pollard (1832 - 1872) was a Confederate sympathizer who authored several books about the war, advocating white supremacy and reopening the slave trade in several of his works. Bound in the original dark green publisher's binding with gilt title to spine and gilt design to front board. Minor sunning to spine. Chipping and wear to spine ends, especially head. Wear and rubbing to boards, edges, and corners of boards. Includes five portrait illustrations (including frontis) with tissue guards and a fold-out map of the Battle of Fredericksburg. The illustrations are printed on bright white fine paper; however the text is printed on thinner paper of lesser quality. The text pages are browned with offsetting from illustrations. 386 pages including appendix with chronology. CIV/031423. Very Good.
New York: Ballantine Books, (1992). Hardcover. First edition. 8vo. Brown cloth backed beige paper covered boards with black title to spine. Minor fading to top edge. Spine slightly rolled. Pristine interior. Illustrated dust jacket with white title to front panel and pink title to spine panel. 516 pages. CIV/072511. Near Fine in Fine DJ.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1959. Hardcover. Very good+ in grey and yellow cloth covered boared with silver title to front board and to spine. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Very good- illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. 3 small closed tears to the edges of dust jacket. Jacket is now in protective sleeve. 273 pp. Civil War. CIV1/3132. Very Good + in Very Good Minus DJ.