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Pingenot Auction, Lot 174

174. McCONNELL, H. H. Five Years a Cavalryman; or, Sketches of Regular Army Life on the Texas Frontier Twenty Odd Years Ago. Jacksboro: J. N. Rogers & Co., Printers, 1889. 319 pp., printed on pink paper. 12mo, original terracotta pebbled cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Minor abrasions and shelf-wear to binding, overall very good. Author’s signed presentation copy, inscribed: "Dr. J. C. McCoy/Fort Worth, Texas/with complements of the Author/ H. H. McConnell, Jacksboro, Texas/October 5, 1894."
        First edition. Adams, Herd 1380: "The appendix concerns cowboys and cattle thieves"; Guns 1393: "Scarce. Has some information on the Texas Rangers and thieves. The author says that Joe Horner (who later left Texas and assumed the name Frank Canton) and ‘his followers were the typical bad men,’ the ‘shooters from shootersville’ of that day." Basic Texas Books 131: "The most lively and authentic account of cavalry life in Texas after the Civil War....McConnell was a private in the 6th U. S. Cavalry who arrived in Galveston with the Reconstruction occupiers in November, 1866. He served at Fort Belknap and Fort Richardson on the Texas frontier until 1871, then settled at Jacksboro....Also gives an excellent description of Texas cowboys on a spree in Kansas after a cattle drive." Campbell, p. 66. Dobie, p. 52: "Bully." Graff 2579. Howes M59. Raines, p. 142. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2809: "A valuable primary account...during some of the most important confrontations between Comanches and Kiowas of the late 1860s and early 1870s." The appendix includes "Cattle Thieving in Texas" and Lt. R. G. Carter’s "The Cowboy’s Verdict." This book pleases us with its manly content printed on pale pink paper.