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Pingenot Auction, Lot 108

108. FINERTY, John F. War-Path and Bivouac, or the Conquest of the Sioux; A Narrative of Stirring Personal Experiences and Adventures in the Big Horn and Yellowstone Expedition of 1876.... Chicago: Donohue & Henneberry, 1890. xxi, 460 pp., folding map. 8vo, original gilt pictorial dark blue cloth. A superlative copy.
        First edition. Dustin 105: "Contains much on the Custer battle; reliable; has lists of killed and wounded." Graff 1325. Howes F136. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 62. Larned 636: "Contains a very good map of the scene of operations, and several portraits of notable participants." Luther, High Spots of Custer 38: "A newspaper correspondent’s account of expeditions and campaigns that cannot be overlooked." Rader 1384. Smith, Pacific Northwest Americana 3064. Pingenot: Irish born John F. Finerty came to the U.S. in 1864 and served with Union forces in the Civil War. He moved to Chicago after the war where he worked as a reporter for several newspapers. In 1876 the Chicago Times editor assigned him to accompany General Crook’s army in the Sioux campaign. Finerty said he preferred going with General Custer’s 7th Cavalry but was overruled by his editor.