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Pingenot Auction, Lot 228


228. MULLER, William G. The Twenty-Fourth Infantry Past and Present. N.p.: Privately printed by the author, 1923. [128] pp., photographic illustrations. 4to, original black embossed fabrikoid. Very fine copy. Very rare (no copies recorded by OCLC or RLIN).
         First edition. Not in Graff, Howes, Tate, etc. Pingenot: After the Civil War many regiments were consolidated and reorganized. The Twenty-fourth Infantry was formed in the so-called ‘new army’ with General Ranald S. Mackenzie its first regimental commander. The area of operations would be from Forts Davis, Stockton, Concho and McKavitt, all in Texas along the southern edge of the Great Staked Plains. Muller provides a brief history of the regiment from its beginnings to about 1922. The unit moved from Texas to Indian Territory in late 1880. The Twenty-Fourth would fight in the Spanish American War, etc. The illustrations from photographs are excellent and many documents are reproduced. The infantry regiment’s action on the Texas and Indian frontier is informative. Most of these regimental histories were issued in small editions.