[BIOGRAPHY]. FRENCH, Samuel Gibbs. Two Wars: An Autobiography.... Mexican War; War between the States, A Diary; Reconstruction Period, His Experience; Incidents, Reminiscences, etc. Nashville: Confederate Veteran, 1901. [i-vii] viii-xv ,  2-404 pp., frontispiece, 31 text illustrations (maps, scenes, portraits). 8vo (24 x 17 cm), original blue decorated cloth, spine gilt lettered, t.e.g. Upper spine slightly snagged. Except for scattered light foxing, overall fine. With errata slip inserted.
First edition. Connor & Faulk 174. Garrett & Goodwin, pp. 212-213. Haferkorn, p. 12. Nevins, I 91. Tutorow 3701.
Chapters 3-7 cover the author’s experiences in the Mexican-American War, where he served in Texas with Ringgold’s flying artillery. He gives excellent detailed accounts of the flying artillery in the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. The superiority and usefulness of Ringgold’s artillery theories and practices are clearly proven. French also gives excellent descriptions of Texas, including a herd of charging wild horses that parted his column as it passed through. He is sympathetic towards Taylor, whom he deems to have been betrayed by political interests when many of his troops are transferred to Scott.
The rest of the book concerns the Civil War and beyond. French (1818-1910 was a prominent officer in the Confederate Army.
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