118. [CIVIL WAR]. [BLESSINGTON, Joseph Palmer]. The Campaigns of Walker’s Texas Division, by a Private Soldier. Containing a Complete Record of the Campaigns in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas; the Skirmish at Perkins’ Landing and the Battles of Milliken’s Bend, Bayou Bourbeux, Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Jenkins’ Ferry, &c., &c., Including the Federal’s Report of the Battles, Names of the Officers of the Division, Diary of Marches, Camp Scenery, Anecdotes, Description of the Country Through Which the Division Marched, &c., &c…. New York: Published for the Author by Lange, Little & Co., Printers, 108 to 114 Wooster Street, 1875. [1-5] 6-314 pp. 8vo (23 x 15.5 cm), original blind-stamped olive green cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt with lone star. Moderate insect damage (especially to spine), some wear at tips, light waterstaining to front endpapers, interior fine.
First edition. Basic Texas Books 17: “The only complete history of the largest single unit of Texas troops in the Civil War, the only division in the Confederate army composed of troops from a single state…. The unit…was the backbone of the Confederate forces of the Trans-Mississippi West.” Coulter, Travels in the Confederate States 41: “Written ten years after the war from various notes and documents and from memory, this work is explicit about the journeying of the military unit to which the author belonged and is also peppered with brief comments on the country through which he marched. Blessington was more travel-minded than the usual writer of regimental histories.” Eberstadt, Texas 162:73. Howes B533. Jumonville, Louisiana History: An Annotated Bibliography 793. Nevins, Civil War Books I:61. Parrish, Civil War Texana 11: “Blessington was a common soldier who possessed an uncommon grasp of the big picture.” Raines, p. 27: “One of the best war histories written, as to the Texas troops.” Walker’s command was instrumental in protecting Texas from Federal invasion. See Handbook of Texas Online: Walker’s Texas Division.
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