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Pingenot Auction, Lot 392

392. [MILITARY BIOGRAPHY, Lot 3]. Lot of 19 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

MAURY, Dabney H. Recollections of a Virginian in the Mexican, Indian, and Civil Wars. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1894. Frontispiece portrait. Original pictorial cloth. Light wear, else fine copy of scarce book.
         First edition. Nevins, Civil War Books I:129. Coulter 320. Graff 2724. Howes M440. Rader 2369. Raines, p. 148: "A fascinating volume." Rittenhouse 406. Saunders 3041. Tutorow 3662: "[Maury] participated in the siege of Vera Cruz and was brevetted for bravery at Cerro Gordo." Pingenot: Maury served with the Mounted Rifles on the Santa Fe Trail to Fort Union, campaigned against the Navajo and Captain Jack and the Modocs, and spent time in Texas at Fort Inge near the Rio Grande. An excellent source on the Civil War in the Gulf and Trans-Mississippi theater.

MAYER, S. L. The Biography of General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur. [London]: Bison Books, [1981].

MILLS, Anson. My Story. Washington: Byron S. Adams, 1921. Portraits, plates. Original printed wrappers, black lettering. Very good.
         Second edition. Dustin 202. Graff 2804. Howes M623. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 64. Luther 39. Nichols 641. Pingenot: Service in Texas in the 1850’s, 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.

NORWOOD, William Howard et al. "General" John Norwood and Related Lines. Dallas: Trumpet Press, Inc., 1964. Illustrations. Cloth with leather label on spine, gilt title. Near mint.
         First edition. Pingenot: The authors trace the Norwood family from its origin in England after the Norman conquest. Jordan de Sheppey, who received bounty from William, Duke of Normandy, later changed his name to Jordan de Northwood, and still later to Norwood. In colonial times some Norwoods migrated to America and two are known to have fought in the American Revolution. The Norwood line traced by this work begins with John Norwood of Edgefield County, South Carolina, and continues through the south, the Civil War, and to Texas.

PALMER, Frederick. John J. Pershing, General of the Armies: A Biography. Harrisburg: Military Service Publishing, [1948]. Frontispiece portrait, photographic plates. Very fine bright copy in a repaired but very good d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Perhaps the first biography of Pershing to appear after his death in 1948. Col. Palmer, the author, was a long-time intimate of Pershing and, save for the final chapters written after the general’s death, the manuscript had been completed before the U.S. entry into World War II.

POHANKA, Brian C. and John M. Carroll. Nelson A. Miles. A Documentary Biography of His Military Career 1861-1903. Glendale: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1985. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Leatherette cloth, gilt title on spine. Mint.
         First edition, limited edition (50 specially bound copies). Foreword by Robert M. Utley.

RISTER, Carl Coke. Border Command: General Phil Sheridan in the West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1944. Illustrations, map. Original cloth. Very good to fine in laminated pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: A major historian’s account of Sheridan’s career 1868-1876, when, as commander in the West, he was to solve the "Indian Problem." Covers his campaigns against the Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Cheyenne and Sioux who refused the "white man’s road" and also the treaty agreements for permanent reservations.

RISTER, Carl Coke. Robert E. Lee in Texas. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1946. Illustrations, plates. Cloth. Exceptionally fine, bright copy.
         First edition, limited edition ("Texas edition," 750 specially bound copies signed by the author). Pingenot: The little-known phase of the great general’s career–his service in Texas during the four turbulent years just preceding the Civil War. Of this work, Douglas Southall Freeman said: "It is admirably done in every way." Very scarce.

ROLAND, Charles P. Albert Sidney Johnston: Soldier of Three Republics. Austin: University of Texas Press, [1964]. Illustrations, maps. Near mint in a fine d.j.
         First edition. Nevins, Civil War Books II:86: "Complete, well-rounded and scholarly, the author made excellent use of Johnston’s papers." Dornbusch IV:1457. Pingenot: Already quite scarce, this important book was selected as one of the "Civil War Times Illustrated 100 Best Books on the Civil War." Of equal importance to Texas and Confederate history, Johnston was commanding general of the Army of the Republic and later Secretary of War of the Republic. He fought the Cherokees and Comanches, was a hero at Monterrey, a Texas planter, a general of U.S. Cavalry, and a full general in the Confederate Army. He commanded the forces of the western Confederacy and was killed at Shiloh while in command against Grant. Jefferson Davis called Johnston the "great pillar of the Confederacy, her outstanding general."

SCHULTZ, Duane. Hero of Bataan: The Story of General Jonathan M. Wainwright. New York: St. Martin’s Press, [1981]. 45 photographic illustrations. Original cloth and boards in decorated d.j. Fine. Presentation inscribed to Maj. Gen. Edwin A. Waller and signed by the author.
         First edition. Pingenot: Biography of the man MacArthur left behind when he was ordered to leave the hopelessly surrounded American garrison at Corregidor. Wainwright was also the highest-ranking American captive in World War II. With dwindling supplies, little food, no air force or navy, and outmoded weapons from World War I, Wainwright fought a modern, well-equipped army to a standstill for almost five months. This is a superb history of the struggle for Bataan and Corregidor as well as documenting Wainwright’s career from his graduation from West Point in 1906 to his death in 1953.

SHERIDAN, P. H. Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan. General United States Army. New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1888. Illustrations, maps, including 1 folding map. 2 vols., original gilt pictorial cloth, gilt-decorated spines. Spines slightly age darkened, else a fine clean set.
         First edition.

SMYTHE, Donald. Guerrilla Warrior: The Early Life of John J. Pershing. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, [1973]. Photographic illustrations. Cloth. Mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Traces Pershing’s early life from farm boy to West Point cadet, his early career as a lieutenant of cavalry, an instructor at the U.S. Military Academy, the Philippine campaign, and his command of the Punitive Expedition in pursuit of Pancho Villa.

SOBIESKI, John. The Life-Story and Personal Reminiscences of Col. John Sobieski,... Shelbyville, Ill.: J. L. Douthit & Son, 1900. Frontispiece portrait, plate. Original pictorial cloth. Moderate wear and rubbing to extremities.
         First edition. Flake 8273. Pingenot: The author emigrated from Poland as a young man, took part in the Utah expedition, and then went to New Mexico until 1860. He served throughout the Civil War, then in the forces of Juarez in Mexico, where, briefly, he was Maximilian’s jailor. The rest of his life was spent in Missouri. Very scarce in the first edition.

SULLY, Langdon. No Tears for the General: The Life of Alred Sully, 1821-1979. Palo Alto: American West Publishing, [1974]. Illustrations, plates, map. Cloth. Fine in lightly worn d.j.
         First edition. Foreword by Ray Allen Billington. Pingenot: Sully’s letters and reminiscences offer a vivid word picture of California during its gold rush period, of the Minnesota frontier in the 1850s, of the peninsula campaign of the Civil War, and of the Sioux uprising of the 1860s.

WELCH, Emily Sedgwick. A Biographical Sketch: John Sedgwick, Major-General. N.p.: Privately printed at the De Vinne Press, 1899. Cloth, decorative gilt with emblem, gilt spine. Fine.
         First edition, limited edition (#250 of 500 copies).

WILSON, James Harrison. Life and Services of William Farrar Smith, Major General, United States Volunteers in the Civil War. Wilmington: John M. Rogers Press, 1904. Frontispiece portrait. Original cloth with gilt title on front cover and spine.
         First edition. Pingenot: A volume in the Heroes of the Great Conflict series. Traces the life and career of Smith from his graduation from West Point in 1845 as a Brevet Second Lieutenant of Topographical Engineers through his service on the Texas border in 1849-50 as well as his rise to Major General of Volunteers during the Civil War. Apparently bibliographically unknown.

WOODCOCK, A. W. W. Golden Days. [Salisbury: Salisbury Advertiser], 1951. Original cloth, gilt title on cover and spine. Tape marks and age darkening to spine. Rubber stamp "Property of National Press Club" on front pastedown and t. of c.
         First edition. Pingenot: The author, born in 1884, served on the Texas border in 1916 at Fort Duncan as a captain of Company "I" First Maryland Infantry. Describes life on the border during the days of the Mexican Revolution and the frontier town of Eagle Pass. Following his return home he continues with his adventures in France during World War I. Published in a small edition, this is a very uncommon military memoir.

WOODWARD, Ashbel. Life of General Nathaniel Lyon. Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Company, 1862. Frontispiece, map. Modern black cloth.

WOOSTER, Robert. Nelson A. Miles and the Twilight of the Frontier Army. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993. Photographs and illustrations. Cloth. Very fine in pictorial d.j.
         First edition.

(20 vols.)