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Pingenot Auction, Lot 223

223. MILLS, Anson. My Story. Washington: Press of Byron S. Adams, 1918. 412 pp., frontispiece portraits of Mills and his wife, plates, maps, illustrations. 8vo, original full limp hard-grain black morocco, a.e.g. Fine copy, inscribed and signed by author to his friend and classmate Colonel "Bill" Bease.
         First edition. Dustin 202. Flake 5412. Graff 2804. Howes M623. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 64: "His account of the Battle of Slim Buttes is important." Luther, High Spots of Custer 34: "An autobiography, edited by C. H. Claudy, that helps illuminate what befell Custer’s expedition." Excellent coverage of social and family life in the army, with many documentary photographs. Pingenot: Preface by General Nelson A. Miles. Service in Texas in the 1850s, in the Civil War, in Arizona, on the 1876 Crook campaign, and in El Paso as Commissioner of the Boundary Commission between the U.S. and Mexico. His recollections of El Paso and West Texas are interesting and valuable. Mills’s western campaigns extended from 1865 through the Custer Campaign of 1876. He was a champion of Custer, and accused Terry of being unfamiliar with Indian warfare. Mills was escort to General Dodge on the expedition to Oregon in 1867 and for Lord Dunraven in 1873. He was involved in the Black Hills rush and was in the Powder River Expedition.