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Pingenot Auction, Lot 48

48. BROWN, Fred R. History of the Ninth U.S. Infantry 1799-1909. Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Co., 1909. xiii [1], 842 pp., frontispiece (battle flags in color), numerous plates, maps, and illustrations (some folding). Small 4to, original three-quarter blind-stamped morocco gilt over marbled boards. Light wear, else very good. Tipped in at the front is a signed, typed letter from Captain Kinney of Commanding Co. K presenting the volume to F. A. Merrill of Lancaster, Texas, including the statement: "The Company desires you to accept this book as an expression of their appreciation of the kindness of both you and Mrs. Merrill to them when they halted in front of your residence on August 30, 1909, when they were almost exhausted from the heat of a long day’s march. The unlimited amount of ice water provided on this particular occasion meant more to them than anything that could have been furnished."
        First edition. Not in Howes, Eberstadt, Graff, etc. Garrett 173: Tutorow 3319: "Chapter 2 deals with the Mexican War period." Like most regimental histories, this was printed in a very small edition and is very scarce. Pingenot: The 9th Infantry was first organized in 1798 and throughout its life it had three reorganizations. This fine regimental history includes its battles on the Niagara frontier, the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, Battle of Fort Erie, the expedition to Vera Cruz in 1847 and the Mexican War battles of Cerro Gordo and Churubusco. The regiment was disbanded following the War with Mexico and was then reorganized for the fourth time for the Civil War. Post-war action included service against Indians on the Pacific coast, action in the Black Hills, Big Horn, Powder River, and gathering information on the death of Crazy Horse. The regiment was later transferred to the southwest where it served in Arizona and New Mexico. In the Spanish American War, the 9th participated in the fight for San Juan Hill.