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Pingenot Auction, Lot 237

237. NORTH, Thomas. Five Years in Texas; or, What You Did Not Hear During the War from January 1861 to January 1866. A Narrative of His Travels, Experiences, and Observations. Cincinnati: Elm Street Printing Co., 1870. 231 pp. 12mo, original blind-embossed brown cloth, gilt lettering on spine. Light wear and some staining to endsheets, overall very good.
         First edition. Clark, New South 160: "North was anti-Texas in his attitude. His book is an extensive criticism of the way of life in the state, of the unhappy incidents of wartime, and of a threat on his life. He was forced to flee the state and go into the wilds of northern Mexico and west Texas." Coulter, p. 190 (citing the second edition). Howes N193. Nevins, Civil War Books I, p. 138: "A barbed commentary on the Lone Star state." Parrish, Civil War Texana 67: "One of the best accounts of Texas during the Civil War, with much on outlawry and crime." Raines, p. 158. Pingenot: This is the rare first edition (not the 1871 second printing) of the best memoir by a Unionist civilian in Texas during the Civil War. Despite his prejudices, North’s account is especially valuable for its commentary on lawlessness and dueling, the attitudes and statements of ousted governor Sam Houston, the precarious defense of Galveston by General John Bankhead Magruder, and the severe persecution of men like North who evaded Confederate conscription.