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Pingenot Auction, Lot 89

89. De PEYSTER, John Watts. Personal and Military History of Philip Kearny, Major-General United States Volunteers. New York: Rice and Gage, 1869. xii, [13]-512 pp., engraved pictorial title, engraved portraits, illustrations. Large 8vo, original gilt pictorial terracotta cloth. Fine copy.
        First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 189: "Kearny, a true military adventurer, served as Scott’s personal bodyguard. He lost an arm leading a charge at Churusbusco. Scott called him ‘the bravest man I ever knew.’" Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains & Rockies 128. Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 205. Haferkorn, p. 59. Harvard Guide to American History, p. 198. Nevins, Civil War Books II:152: "Lavish in its praise, but contains many excerpts from pertinent documents." Tutorow 3788. Kearny participated in several campaigns against Native Americans (including the Black Hawk War and Rogue River), and accompanied the Dragoon Expedition with his uncle from Fort Leavenworth over the South Pass in 1845. He also served in the Italian War, and despite the loss of an arm, is said to have taken part in every Cavalry charge at Magenta and Solferino, with the reins clenched in his teeth. Pingenot: Biography of Stephen Watts Kearny’s nephew. Both Haferkorn and Tutorow confused Philip Kearney’s Mexican War service with his better known uncle’s role in the conquest of New Mexico and California.
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