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Pingenot Auction, Lot 76

76. COOKE, Philip St. George. Scenes and Adventures in the Army. Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston, 1857. 432 pp. 12mo, original dark green cloth with gilt title on spine. A few flecks on front cover and slight shelf wear, front hinge cracked, else very good.
        First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 76. Field 359: "The author was personally engaged in several battles with the Comanches and the Sacs and Foxes, and nearly half his volume is composed of narratives of events connected with Indian warfare." Graff 871. Haferkorn, p. 79. Howes C740: "Personal narrative of service in the West...escorting Santa Fe traders and Oregon emigrants." Plains & Rockies 288a: "Cooke’s career in the west began in 1829, with his tour as a lieutenant in the military escort commanded by Major Bennet Riley to guard the Santa Fe traders from depredations. In 1831 he was stationed at Fort Atkinson on the Missouri. In 1845 he set out from Fort Leavenworth (with a command) to escort emigrants bound for Oregon and he returned to Fort Leavenworth by way of Bent’s Fort in the latter part of August, when the book ends....Cooke wrote ably about his own adventures, and stories that he heard from others as well." Rittenhouse 132: "Cooke’s first book about his Western experiences, describing his service with the 2nd Dragoons along the Santa Fe Trail." Pingenot: Cooke’s career was largely in the West, beginning as an escort for a Santa Fe caravan in 1829, and including service at Ft. Atkinson in 1831 and on the Oregon Trail in 1845, which is as far as this volume carries his story. An interesting military memoir. He gives a long account of Hugh Glass’s adventures, and there is much interesting material on Walker, Fitzpatrick, and others of the old plainsmen. Very scarce in the first edition in which the author’s rank is given as Lieut. Colonel.