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The Partisan Rangers of the Confederate States Army

124.     [CIVIL WAR]. [JOHNSON, Adam Rankin ("Stovepipe")]. The Partisan Rangers of the Confederate States Army. Edited by William J. Davis. Louisville, Kentucky: Geo. G. Fetter Company, 1904. [i-v] vi-xii, [2], 1-476 pp., 65 photographic plates (including frontispiece, portraits, architecture, scenes). 8vo (23 x 16 cm), original dark red cloth, title in gilt on front cover and backstrip, floral endpapers. Binding with a few minor stains and slightly rubbed (a bit of board exposed at joints and lower corners), otherwise fine, interior excellent. Contemporary pencil ownership signature.

     First edition. Basic Texas Books 108: “One of the most interesting firsthand narratives of Texas Indian fighting, stage coaching, and Confederate cavalry operations. Johnson fought Indians in Texas in the 1850s, was a driver for the Butterfield Overland Stage in Texas, and surveyed a vast amount of virgin territory in West Texas.” Coulter, Travels in the Confederate States 257. Graff 2213. Howes J122. Nevins, Civil War Books I:113. Parrish, Civil War Texana 51.

     Kentucky native Rankin (1834-1922) came to Texas in 1854, where he held various jobs, including being one of the more important West Texas surveyors. After the Civil War, in which he served with distinction but from which he emerged blind, he returned to Texas and founded Marble Falls. See Handbook of Texas Online.