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Pingenot Auction, Lot 327

327. [ARMY WIVES]. Lot of 17 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

ALEXANDER, Eveline M. Cavalry Wife: The Diary of Eveline M. Alexander, 1866-1867. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1977. Frontispiece, illustrations, map. Cloth. Fine.
         First edition. Edited by Sandra L. Myres. Pingenot: Being a record of Eveline Alexander’s journey from New York to Fort Smith to join her cavalry-officer husband, Andrew J. Alexander, and her experiences with him on active duty among the Indian nations and in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado.

BALDWIN, Alice Blackwood. Memoirs of the Late Frank D. Baldwin, Major General, U.S.A. Los Angeles: Wetzel Publishing Co., 1929. Frontispiece, illustrations. Original gilt-decorated cloth, gilt title on cover and spine, autographed by the author on the front free endpaper. Very fine.
         First edition. Dustin 284. Graff 144. Howes B58: "General Baldwin campaigned against Indians all over the West and was the only officer [besides Custer’s brother] to receive twice the Medal of Honor." Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 3171. Pingenot: Biography of a Civil War hero who won the Medal of Honor at the Battle of Peachtree Creek; later fought in the Indian Wars in Montana, Colorado, and Texas. In 1874 on the Staked Plains of Texas, Baldwin led a charge against renegade Dog Soldiers, rescuing two little girls whose wagon train had been attacked, and for which he received a second Medal of Honor. Includes a description of an 1876-77 trip to Yellowstone along with Alice Baldwin’s account of life as a frontier army wife. Baldwin later fought in Cuba and the Philippines.

BARBOUR, Philip Norbourne and Martha Isabella Hopkins Barbour. Journals of the Late Brevet Major Philip Norbourne Barbour, Captain in the 3rd Regiment, U.S. Infantry, and His Wife.... New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1936. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Original two-color embossed cloth, paper label on spine. Very fine.
         First edition, limited edition (#728 of 1,000 copies numbered and signed by editor). Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 149. Tutorow 3602: "Contains a vita of Barbour and recounts his death at Monterey on September 21, 1846. His journal begins on March 28, 1846. It includes a daily account of troop movements and battles and considerable commentary on his fellow soldiers. Mrs. Barbour’s journal was written in Galveston, Texas, and dates from July to October 4, 1846." Pingenot: Written during the war with Mexico, 1846, it also includes the journal of his wife, Martha Isabella Hopkins Barbour.

BOYD, Mrs. Orsemus B. Cavalry Life in Tent and Field. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1982. Frontispiece portrait. Blue cloth with gilt title on spine.
         Facsimile edition. First reprint edition with a new introduction by Darlis Miller. Pingenot: One of the best books on the frontier military as seen by an officer’s wife. The Boyds served at posts throughout the Southwest borderlands, including two tours at Fort Clark, Texas near the Mexican border. The first edition is rare and the reprint is now out-of-print.

BROWN, Marion T. Letters from Fort Sill 1886-1887. Austin: Encino Press, 1970. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Cloth and boards in publisher’s mylar d.j. Very fine.
         First edition. Edited by C. Richard King. Pingenot: The letters of Marion Taylor Brown, daughter of journalist and historian John Henry Brown, mirror the activities of a woman visiting Fort Sill in hopes that the dry climate will restore her health. The correspondence is rich in details of the social life of a frontier army post.

CHAPMAN, Helen. The News from Brownsville: Helen Chapman’s Letters from the Texas Military Frontier, 1848-1852. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, [1992]. 12 black and white illustrations. Cloth. Mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: A remarkable collection of letters written by a U.S. Army officer’s wife on the South Texas frontier. The author and her husband, the first quartermaster at Fort Brown, were founding citizens of Brownsville, Texas. Her letters touch on social conditions along the Rio Grande, military activities, women and minorities, and domestic life on the frontier.

DYER, Mrs. D. B. "Fort Reno" or Picturesque "Cheyenne and Arapahoe Army Life," Before the Opening of "Oklahoma." New York: G. W. Dillingham, 1896. Frontispiece, 10 photographic plates. Original embossed cloth, gilt. Minor shelf rubbing, else fine.
         First edition. Graff 1191. Howes D619. Rader 1250. Pingenot: The experiences of an Indian agent’s wife. Mrs. Dyer’s husband, Colonel Dyer, the first mayor of Oklahoma City, so resented his wife’s allusions to his conduct in her book that he divorced her and succeeded in having most of the books destroyed, thus creating a rarity. Mrs. Dyer was the daughter of Dr. N. R. Casey of Illinois.

FOUGERA, Katherine Gibson. With Custer’s Cavalry. Lincoln & London: University of Nebraska Press, 1986. Pictorial wrappers. Mint.
         Reprint.

GRIERSON, Alice Kirk. The Colonel’s Lady on the Western Frontier... Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, [1989]. Illustrations, photographs, map. Cloth. Mint in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: The wife of Benjamin H. Grierson, a major general who won fame in the Civil War; her letters begin in 1866, when her husband reentered the army as colonel of the "buffalo soldiers" of the Tenth Cavalry, and end with her death in 1888. These letters are extraordinary for their insight into 19th-century attitudes toward marital roles, race relations, and her life and duties as a commander’s wife on the western frontier. Contains much on life at frontier posts like Fort Riley, Gibson, Sill, Davis, Grant, and especially Fort Concho.

LAUFE, Abe (editor). An Army Doctor’s Wife on the Frontier: Letters from Alaska and the Far West. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1962. Frontispiece, portraits. 8vo, original cloth in a slightly chipped but very good d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Letters of Emily FitzGerald, an assistant surgeon at the U.S. Military Academy, who was ordered to Sitka, Alaska. She was one of the first white women to live in Alaska less than a decade after its purchase by the U.S. from Russia. Later, the FitzGeralds were transferred to Fort Lapwai in present-day Idaho where they faced an Indian uprising. Her letters provide a valuable contribution giving firsthand information about methods of travel, the hardships on the northern frontier, and a woman’s viewpoint of existence in a western fort.

LAURENCE, Mary Leefe. Daughter of the Regiment. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996. Plates. Cloth. Very fine to mint in pictorial d.j. Review copy with Pingenot’s review and a note from Smith laid in.
         First edition. Pingenot: Written in 1943-44 by the daughter of a 19th-century army officer, these memoirs remained unpublished until recently discovered in the library at the U.S.M.A. at West Point. Mary Leefe’s reminiscences cover a 20-year period in her life from age 6 in 1878 at Fort Dodge, Kansas, to age 26 in 1898 at Fort Brady, MI. Army life on the frontier, as seen by a child, include memories of Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, Forts Ringgold, Duncan, and Clark, on the Texas border, Mount Vernon Barracks, Alabama, Geronimo, etc.

LOGAN, Mrs. John A. Reminiscences of a Soldier’s Wife. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1913. Frontispiece portrait, plates. Cloth, gilt lettering on front and spine. Fine in plain d.j., chipped at edges.
         First edition. [One only: TAS 1994 $65 inscribed]

MAGOFFIN, Susan Shelby. Down the Santa Fe Trail and Into Mexico: The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1926. Frontispiece, 6 plates, folding map. Original cloth. Fine in a chipped but very good pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 436: "This is one of the most delightful of all Southwestern reminiscences." Dobie, p. 62: "She was juicy and a bride, and all life was bright to her." Graff 2656: "One of the great Santa Fe Trail diaries." Harvard Guide to American History, p. 156. Howes M211. Powell, Southwestern Century 62: "Basic source on the year of decision." Rittenhouse 392. Saunders 2870. Rader 2331. Tutorow 3592. Pingenot: Susan Magoffin accompanied her trader husband over the Santa Fe Trail during the Mexican War and was the first woman to write a major book about New Mexico.

MILES, Susan. Mrs. Buell’s Journal, 1877. Pp. 109-126 in: Fort Concho and South Plains Journal XXII, 4 (Autumn 1990). [San Angelo]: Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 1990.

ROE, Frances M. Army Letters from an Officer’s Wife 1871-1888. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1909. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations, t.e.g. Original blue cloth with gilt title on front cover and spine. A very fine bright copy.
         First edition. Flake 7400a. Graff 3546. Hanna, Yale Exhibit: "[T]his intelligent and sensible woman[‘s]...lively account of her experiences...[are well] worth reading." Howes R403. Myres, Following the Drum, p. 12: "Describes army life at various posts in Kansas, Colorado, Montana and Indian Territory." Rader 2815. An intimate and valuable narrative of army post life in the far west.

SUMMERHAYES, Martha. Vanished Arizona: Recollections of My Army Life. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1908. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Original gilt pictorial cloth. Fine.
         First edition. Clark, Southwest Classics, pp. 272-284: "What she wrote was the story of an army wife on the Arizona frontier in the 1870’s, a story that is peerless in the literature of that time and place." Graff 4028: "One of the most readable books about Arizona." Howes S1132. Munk (Alliott), p. 210. Myres, Army Wives in the Trans-Mississippi West, a Preliminary Bibliography, p. 13.

VIELÉ, Teresa. "Following the Drum:" A Glimpse of Frontier Life. New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1858. 12mo, original embossed pebbled cloth, gilt spine. Somewhat shelf slanted, overall very good. Herbert T. Fletcher’s copy, with his signature stamp.
         First edition. Hanna, Yale Exhibit: "As a bride she went with her soldier husband to Texas when the Mexican War had not been long over and where the fierce Comanche were plentiful." Howes V92. Myres, Following the Drum, p. 14: "Vielé was the first woman to publish an account of army life in the trans-Mississippi West, and one of the few women who wrote about Texas." Plains & Rockies IV:312a:1: "In this lively account...Vielé describes her year’s stay at Ringgold Barracks in Texas...an entertaining commentary on life on the Texas frontier in the early 1850’s." Raines, p. 209. Winegarten, p. 118: "Mrs. Vielé was an army wife...who wrote about Brownsville, Brazos Island, Galveston, and Rio Grande City."

(17 vols.)
($750-1,100)