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Pingenot Auction, Lot 78

78. COOLIDGE, Richard H. Statistical Report on the Sickness and Mortality in the Army of the United States...From January, 1839, to January, 1855. Washington: SED96, 1856. 703 pp., tables, folding map at rear. Large 4to, original brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Upper spine area repaired where chipped and split. A beautiful, bright copy in fine condition.
        First edition. Pingenot: According to Asst. Surgeon Coolidge, this report on sickness and mortality in the army, ordered by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, was the first since 1840. The report is divided into divisions including Florida, Texas, New Mexico, California, and Washington and Oregon territories. Also the report contains a consideration of the vital statistics of the War with Mexico. A large segment, pp. 349-401 treats the forts in Texas including Ft. Ewell, Ft. Merrill, Ringold Barracks, Ft. McIntosh, Ft. Duncan, Ft. Graham, Ft. Belknap, Ft. Davis, Ft. Inge, Ft. Clark, etc. Not in Howes or Graff. Rare.