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Pingenot Auction, Lot 391

391. [MILITARY BIOGRAPHY, Lot 2]. Lot of 19 titles, including:

EMMETT, Chris. In the Path of Events with Colonel Martin Lalor Crimmins. Waco: Jones & Morrison, 1959. Photographs. Original cloth. Near mint in pictorial d.j. Autographed by the author.
         First and only edition. Pingenot: Colonel Crimmins’s life and military career spanned the vast gulf separating the nineteenth-century frontier with 20th-century technology. He was a Rough Rider with Roosevelt, an army officer with Pershing in Mexico chasing Villa, a renown herpetologist, and an able military historian, to mention but a few of his accomplishments. Obscurely published and long out-of-print, this book is an important contribution about a colorful and noteworthy American.

FORSYTH, George A. Thrilling Days in Army Life, with illustrations by Rufus F. Zogbaum. New York: Harper, 1900. Frontispiece, plates. Small 8vo, pictorial cloth. Very good.

GLAZIER, Captain Willard. Heroes of Three Wars. Philadelphia: Hubbard Brothers, 1882. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Small 8vo, original gilt pictorial gold cloth. Extremities rubbed, else very good.
         Tutorow 3819. Pingenot: This work comprises a series of biographical sketches of distinguished soldiers of the Revolutionary War, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. Contains chapters on famous and lesser-known participants in these wars.

GOODRICH, Frederick E. Life and Public Service of Winfield Scott Hancock, Major-General, U.S.A. Philadelphia: Lee and Shepard, 1880. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Original decorated cloth, gilt title. Worn, rubbed and some stains.
         First edition. Tutorow 3823. Pingenot: Pp. [329]-375 contain a "Sketch of the Life and Public Career of William H. English, of Indiana," with portrait. Hancock graduated from West Point in 1844. He served in the Seminole War, the Mexican War, and various Western posts until 1861. Commissioned a brigadier-general in 1862, he distinguished himself at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. At Gettysburg, he won fame as one of the Civil War’s great soldiers by thwarting Lee’s nearly successful attack on the Union flank. Following the war he commanded various army departments. A Democratic presidential candidate in 1880, he was defeated by James Garfield.

HAGEDORN, Hermann. Leonard Wood: A Biography. New York: Harper & Bros., 1931. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. 2 vols., original cloth, gilt title. Some wear to spine ends.
         First edition.

HEIN, O. L. Memories of Long Ago.... New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1925. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Original black cloth with gilt title on cover and spine. Fine.
         First edition. Luther, Custer High Spots 63: "Contains a version of the battle given to Hein by W. S. Edgerley. It is mildly critical of Reno." Pingenot: A scarce book not cited by Howes, Graff, Eberstadt, etc., with a fine account of service in the U.S. Cavalry in Nevada, California, New Mexico and Arizona. Hein served under Crook in campaigns against the Apache in 1872-73 and was a friend of Capt. John G. Bourke. Lt. Col. Hein’s reminiscences include notable incidents and prominent persons recalled both before and after the Civil War.

HIRSHSON, Stanley P. The White Tecumseh: A Biography of William T. Sherman. New York: John Wiley & Son’s, 1997. Cloth. D.j.

HITCHCOCK, Ethan Allen. Fifty Years in Camp and Field: Diary of Major-General Ethan Allen Hitchcock. New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1909. Frontispiece portrait. Original green cloth, t.e.g.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 183. Graff 1908: "[He] was an amazing man—educated, able, honest, industrious, conscientious, and patriotic in the highest degree. His estimates of the public men of his era, most of whom he knew well, are enlightening and interesting." Howes H539. Tutorow 3587: "His diary throws some interesting light on the campaign [from Vera Cruz to Mexico], and gives some facts not found in other histories." Pingenot: Hitchcock was engaged in the Florida wars and in removing the Seminoles; he served with both Taylor and Scott in the Mexican War; and he was in the Civil War.

HOWARD, Oliver Otis. General Taylor. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1892. Frontispiece portrait, maps. 12mo, original calf and marbled boards, raised bands, gilt decorated spine. Very good.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 183. Haferkorn, p. 64. Tutorow 3848: "Complete biography of Taylor, with Chapters 8-22 on the Mexican War....The treatment is thorough, but noncritical." Pingenot: Maj. Gen. Howard’s biography of Taylor is one of the "Great Commander" series published by Appleton in the late nineteenth century.

HUGHES, Nathaniel Cheairs. General William J. Hardee. Old Reliable. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, [1965]. Frontispiece portrait. Cloth. Fine in a good to fine d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Fine biography of a professional army officer of the classical school who was rendered obsolete by changing mode of warfare.

JOHNSON, Barry C. Flipper’s Dismissal: The Ruin of Lt. Henry O. Flipper, U.S.A., First Coloured Graduate of West Point. London: Privately Printed, [1980]. Original cloth. Near mint and without d.j. as issued.
         First edition, limited edition (150 numbered copies). Pingenot: The first scholarly account of the circumstances surrounding the military trial on the Texas frontier in 1881 which became, ninety years later, a minor cause celebre. The author quotes passages from the court-martial record in this thoroughly annotated work. Included too are the revisionist Congressional reviews of the mid-1970s vindicating Flipper along with the author’s conclusions. An important study and, by virtue of the small printing, destined to become rare.

JOHNSON, Richard W. Memoir of Maj.-Gen. George H. Thomas. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Company, 1881. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Original cloth, gilt. Spine extremities rubbed, otherwise good. Seven of the listed plates are missing.
         First edition.

JOHNSTON, Bradley T. A Memoir of the Life and Public Service of Joseph E. Johnston.... Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company, 1891. Frontispiece portraits. Original cloth, worn with front hinge broken. Gilt title faded. Presentation inscribed and signed by the author on the front free endpaper.
         First edition. Tutorow 3863. Pingenot: Written by one of Johnston’s subordinate officers during the Civil War, this biography focuses almost exclusively on that conflict. Only pages 1-16 cover Johnston’s pre-war military career; in Florida, the Mexican War, on the Texas frontier, and the Utah Expedition.

KING, Charles. The True Ulysses S. Grant. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, [1914]. Frontispiece portrait, 28 illustrations. Original pictorial cloth. Original owner’s bookplate on front paste-down. Minor rubbing else very good.
         First edition. Second printing. Pingenot: Stirring biography of Ulysses S. Grant from his graduation from West Point, his service in the Mexican War, his leadership in the Civil War, and as President of the United States.

KING, James T. War Eagle: A Life of General Eugene A. Carr. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1963. Illustrations, endpaper maps. Cloth. Very fine in a near fine d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Fine biography of a frontier cavalry commander whose life reads like an exciting novel, with its narrative of military service from the borderland frontier of Texas to explorations in the far West. Carr’s experiences included encounters with hostile Indians, dangers in the field and by flood, and brilliant Civil War action wherein he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Out of print and scarce.

LECKIE, William H. and Shirley A. Leckie. Unlikely Warriors: General Benjamin Grierson and His Family. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1984]. Illustrations. Cloth. Near mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Fine biography of Grierson, who had been a musician, bandleader, and unsuccessful businessman before the Civil War. During the war he converted from civilian to a brilliant cavalry officer, emerging at the end of the war a national hero. In the reorganized army of 1866, he accepted an appointment as colonel of the Tenth Cavalry, a command of white officers and black enlisted men. For the remainder of his career he served on the western frontier, commanding such Texas posts as Fort Concho and Fort Davis.

LEWIS, Charles Lee. David Glasgow Farragut: Admiral in the Making. Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, 1941. Frontispiece, plates, endpaper maps. Original blue cloth, gilt title on spine. Fine.

Life of General Scott; to Which Has Been Added Sketches of the Lives of Croghan, Johnson, Dearborn, and Carroll. New York: P. J. Cozans, 1860. 16mo, original color pictorial wrappers, some wear, spine damage.

Life of General Worth; to Which Is Added a Sketch of the Life of Brigadier-General Wool. New York: Sheldon, 1855. 16mo, original cloth, gilt lettering on spine and front. Some wear, very good.

(20 vols.)
($300-600)