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Pingenot Auction, Lot 284

284. [SHERIDAN, Philip H.]. Record of Engagements with Hostile Indians within the Military Division of the Missouri from 1868 to 1882, Lieutenant General P. H. Sheridan, Commanding. Compiled from Official Records. Chicago: Headquarters Military Division of the Missouri, 1882. 120 pp. 8vo, later terracotta buckram, maroon calf gilt-lettered spine label, marbled edges. 1940s red ink stamps on front pastedown and p. 118. A few pencil corrections. Fine and very clean.
         First edition of a bedrock military report, providing in-depth details on the Indian Wars. Dustin 247. Graff 3753. Howes S395: "Official compilation covering the bloodiest years of western warfare." Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 71. Rittenhouse 520: "Contains descriptions of about four hundred engagements, arranged by years and briefly described....Many of the incidents occurred along the Santa Fe Trail." Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2428. This valuable compilation provides excellent documentation of Texas encounters, including Mackenzie (the Department of Texas was added to the Division of the Missouri in 1871). Pingenot: A basic source document on operations against hostile Indians by the frontier military, and an excellent source for information on the Indian Wars. Seventeen pages are devoted to the Little Big Horn.