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Pingenot Auction, Lot 65

65. CARTER, William H. The Life of Lieutenant General Chaffee. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, [1917]. vii, 296 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates. Large 8vo, original blue cloth, gilt. Some wear to corners and rubbing, previous owner’s bookplate, but yet a very good plus copy.
        First edition. Pingenot: Carter is better known bibliographically for his From Yorktown to Santiago and Frontier Army Sketches but his biography of General Adna R. Chaffee ranks along with the best of frontier army memoirs. Chaffee saw much action in the Civil War, including Gettysburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, etc.; was with Sheridan in the Shenandoah. Following the war, he saw frontier service in Texas with action against the Comanches, and later was with Crook’s expedition against the Apaches. He also saw action in the Boxer Rebellion, China, and Santiago. A fine life-story of a great frontier army officer. Nice copies of this work are becoming increasingly scarce.