[CAVALRY]. RODENBOUGH, Theophilus Francis. From Everglade to Cañon with the Second Dragoons (Second United States Cavalry): An Authentic Account of Service in Florida, Mexico, Virginia, and the Indian Country, Including the Personal Recollections of Prominent Officers, with an Appendix Containing Orders, Reports and Correspondence, Military Records, etc., etc., etc. 1836-1875. New York: D. Van Nostrand, Publisher, 23 Murray Street and 27 Warren Street, 1875. [1-5] 6-561 [1, blank] [4, ads] pp., frontispiece, 7 plates (1 included in pagination) by noted Civil War artist Edwin Forbes, text illustrations, 2 folding maps:  Battle Fields Marches & Principal Stations of the Second Regiment of Dragoons (Second Cavalry) in the United States & Mexico;  Map of Portions of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania....1836-75. 8vo (24.5 x 18.5 cm), original gilt-decorated and lettered red cloth, bevelled edges. A few slight nicks to binding, a small void along upper joint, and stain to lower cover. Offsetting to title from frontispiece, small tear to second map, otherwise very fine, interior pristine (seldom found thus). Contemporary pencil presentation on front flyleaf.
First edition. Eberstadt 110:193: “Included in this work is the day-by-day Journal of Wm. Drownn from 1852 to 1858, embracing a narrative of wild adventures in New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.” Eberstadt, Modern Overlands 412. Flake 7399. Garrett & Goodwin, pp. 179-180. Graff 3544. Haferkorn, p. 50. Howes R395. Munk (Alliott), p. 191. Rader 2813. Tutorow 3312: “The war with Mexico is covered on pages 91-146. Appendices (dealing with the war include) the journey from New Orleans to Matamoros, Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, Monterrey, Agua Nueva, Buena Vista, Scott’s operations...California, Texas, New Mexico expedition, and Indian and Mormon campaigns.”
The company initially served with Taylor before being transferred to Scott for the Mexico City campaign. This work includes the Texas battles. May’s charge at Resaca de la Palma is given extensive treatment (pp. 107-113), including a few sarcastic remarks about General de la Vega.
A rare work that because of its size is usually found in broken and dilapidated condition. A long Appendix gives biographical sketches of leading officers and a short account of all battles and skirmishes in which they participated, from 1836 on. A cornerstone book for the history of the Second Dragoons, which became the Second U.S. Cavalry.
Rodenburgh (1838-1912) was a career cavalry officer who served with distinction during the Civil War and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. After he retired, he wrote several books.
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