[UNITED STATES ARMY]. BROWN, Fred R. History of the Ninth U.S. Infantry 1799-1909. Chicago: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., 1909. [i-vi] vii-xiii [1, blank], 1-842 pp., frontispiece (battle flags in color), 8 folded maps. 4to (25 x 18 cm), original three-quarter roan over green cloth, spine gilt lettered. Spine worn and separated from text block, cloth and corners rubbed. Text block is very heavy and the binding is inadequate to the weight, with the result that there are small text block cracks. Often found in poor condition. The interior is very fine. Ink signatures on front and rear free endpapers.
First edition. Garrett & Goodwin 173. Tutorow 3319: “Chapter 2 deals with the Mexican War period.”
Very heavily illustrated. Like most regimental histories, this was printed in a very small edition and is very scarce. The 9th Infantry was first organized in 1798 and throughout its life it had three reorganizations. This fine regimental history includes its battles on the Niagara frontier, the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, Battle of Fort Erie, the expedition to Veracruz in 1847 and the Mexican War battles of Cerro Gordo and Churubusco. The regiment was disbanded following the War with Mexico and was then reorganized for the fourth time for the Civil War. Post-war action included service against Indians on the Pacific coast, action in the Black Hills, Big Horn, Powder River, and gathering information on the death of Crazy Horse. The regiment was later transferred to the Southwest where it served in Arizona and New Mexico. In the Spanish American War, the 9th participated in the fight for San Juan Hill. The text includes numerous rosters.