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Pingenot Auction, Lot 166

166. LARSON, James. Sergeant Larson, 4th Cav. San Antonio: Southern Literary Institute, 1935. [14] 326 pp., frontispiece portrait (photographic), text illustrations after the author’s sketches. 8vo, original blue gilt-decorated cloth. Very fine. Presentation copy, inscribed and signed by Mrs. Blum, editor and Larson’s daughter. Laid in is printed leaf with a brief biography of Larson.
        First edition. Coulter 284. Dornbusch II:1618. Pingenot: Edited and with an introduction by Annie Larson Blum, Sergeant Larson’s daughter. First and only edition of this obscurely published and rare memoir of service with the 4th Cavalry. James Larson (1841-1921) was born in Wisconsin and enlisted in the U.S. Army in St. Louis where for more than a year he saw frontier service with officers like John Sedgwick and J.E.B. Stuart fighting Indians, mostly in the vicinity of Fort Riley. During the Civil War he saw much fighting in the campaigns in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. At the end of the war, he accompanied his unit by boat from New Orleans to Matagorda Bay and marched from there to San Antonio.
($300-600)