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The Leonidas Letter

<p>Upper wrapper</p>


[LEONIDAS LETTER]. PILLOW, Gideon Johnson. Defence of Major Gen. Pillow before the Court of Inquiry at Frederick, Maryland, against the Charges Preferred against Him by Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott. [N. p., 1848?]. [1-3] 4-64 pp. 8vo, (22.7 x 14 cm), original green printed wrappers (dated June, 1848). Upper wrapper slightly stained, spine chipped, lower wrapper torn and missing about a fourth at bottom. Light waterstain at upper margin, two text leaves browned. Contemporary ink signature of R.M. Henderson on upper wrapper.

First edition. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 241. Sabin 62853.

This court of inquiry is the result of Scott’s belief that Pillow was the author of the so-called Leonidas letter, which built himself up to the diminishment of Scott. The letter appeared on September 10, 1847, in the Delta and gave Pillow full credit for the victories at Contreras and Churubusco. Scott brought charges but failed to prove them. The letter was one of the great army scandals of the war. (See next entry.)


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