[RINGGOLD, SAMUEL]. WYNNE, James. Memoir of Major Samuel Ringgold, United States Army: Read Before the Maryland Historical Society, April 1st, 1847. Baltimore: Printed and Published by John Murphy, 178 Market Street, 1847. [1-3] 4-16 pp. Extra-illustrated with 7 plates from other sources and 1-page ANs by Ringgold to George Adams asking him to pay John Y. Schley $30, dated at New York, September 15, 1820. 8vo (21.5 x 14 cm cm), contemporary three quarter dark brown roan over tan and brown marbled papers. Two plates shaved, otherwise a very fine and desirable copy. With Chicago Historical Society bookplate, circular call number label on upper cover, embossed stamp on title, and pencil call number on title verso.
First edition. Connor & Faulk 251. Tutorow 4017.
This memoir eulogizes Ringgold, one of the great heroes of the Mexican-American War, whose death at the Battle of Palo Alto captured the popular imagination and whose fatal wounding is shown on one of the inserted plates. This lithograph is of Texas interest, Palo Alto being one of two battles of the War fought on Texas soil. When the gallant Ringgold received the wound at the Palo Alto, the army was deprived of one of its brightest ornaments. Ringgold was a Maryland native.