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[SOUTH CAROLINA]. SMITH, Whiteford. The Substance of an Address Delivered to the Palmetto Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, on Saturday, December 26, 1846, By the Rev. Whitefoord [sic] Smith [caption title]. [1] 2-4 pp. 8vo (21.8 x 13.5 cm), disbound; last page browned, otherwise good. Rare. No copies at auction and only three on OCLC.

First edition. Not in usual Mexican-American War sources.

A rousing address that basically reminds the troops that they must always behave as Christians foremost. Smith even includes the curious detail that the Bible Society has issued every man a Bible. Of some historical interest beyond the present occasion is Smith’s denunciation of a standing army.

The Palmetto Regiment was mustered in in 1846, saw action all during the war after landing at Veracruz, and ended up in Mexico City. When they returned to Charleston in 1848, they were given a hero’s parade that included one of the oddest printing phenomena in U.S. history: a functioning printing press on a float printing and distributing copies of William Gilmore Simms’ Lays of the Palmetto, poetry in honor of the regiment. Smith was a prominent South Carolina educator who had a hand in the beginnings of Wofford College; the library is named after him.


Sold. Hammer: $200.00; Price Realized: $245.00.

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