[ARTILLERY]. KITCHEN, D.C. Record of the Wyoming Artillerists. Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania: Alvin Day Printer, 1874. [1-5] 6-89 [1, blank] pp. (pp. 25-28 misbound or misimposed between pp. 32 and 33). 12mo (16.5 x 10 cm), original full brown pebble cloth over stiff boards, stitched. Spinal extremities wanting, hinges weak. Paper toned, final leaf loose, but overall a good copy of a fragile book with an exceedingly desirable provenance. Small New England Historical and Genealogical Society withdrawal stamp on rear free endpaper. With ink signature of Edmund L. Dana and his pencil notes at various points in the text; Dana is listed as Captain on the Mexican-American War muster roll, and provided information to the author to help compile the history (see p. 7). Rare. No copies at auction and only a few copies on OCLC.
First edition of a rare, privately printed military memoir of the Mexican-American War for a unit that originated in Wilkes-Barre. Supposedly, only 250 copies were printed. Not in usual Mexican-American War sources. Smith K33a.
A general history of the artillery company from its organization in 1840 to 1874. A muster roll for the Mexican-American War is given on pp. 14-16, on which Dana has marked those who are deceased. Besides the solid military history, there is material of interest for other aspects of soldier life in Mexico, including a chapter on pulque and a pet dog that followed the unit. The author concludes with the composition of the Company at the time of the Civil War, with one muster roll from July, 1862 (pp. 86-88) and another for June, 1874 (pp. 88-89). The unit participated in many of the major battles of the war, including Cerro Gordo, Perote, and Puebla.