A Memoir of the Last Year of the War for Independence, in the Confederate States of America, containing an account of the operations of his commands in the years 1864 and 1865.

EARLY Lieutenant-General Jubal A. (1866.)

£3000.00  [First Edition]

ANNOTATED BY AN EYE-WITNESS

First edition. 8vo. Original wrappers bound in, lightly soiled, ms. annotations throughout. x, [ii], [13]-144pp. Toronto, Lovell & Gibson, Yonge Street, 1866. [Bound with:] BERNARD (G.S.) The Battle of the Crater in front of Petersburg, July 30, 1864 ... First edition. Yellow printed wrapper bound in. Half morocco over pebble-grain cloth. 18pp. Petersburg Va, A.P. Hill, 1890.

A terrific survival, annotated throughout by W.R. Burwell, a resident of Charlotte NC, who served with the 43rd Regiment. He fought in the Seven Days' Battles and saw action at Goldsboro, Gettyburg, Plymouth, Drewry's Bluff, and Cold Harbor. He also fought in the Shenandoah Valley and in the Appomattox Campaign.

 

Both of these publications are of interest. Jubal Early (1816-1894) trained as a lawyer before serving in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War. By the time the Civil War broke out in 1861, despite his strident opposition to seceding from the Union, Early accepted a commission as brigadier general in the Confederate Army. This memoir concentrates on the final two years of the war and is divided into two sections: the campaign in Virginia from the Rapidan to James' River; and then the campaign in Maryland and the valley of Virginia. The inclusion of Bernard's The Battle of the Crater in front of Petersburg, July 30, 1864 (the last copy recorded at auction was in 1949) makes this a particularly interesting volume. Bernard served with the Petersburg Riflemen, Co. E, 12th Virginia Infantry and was present at the Battle of the Crater.

 

Burwell has signed many of his annotations "WRB", noting the names of the wounded and dates of death when known. Though he also records his own experiences. On page 49, regarding a forty or fifty mile march through mostly desolate country with little to eat, Burwell adds "This was one of the hardest marches we ever had, men fainted ... & the dust on the road was awful." Regarding action near Harper's Ferry (on p55), we read in the margin that "John Outtaw was wounded in the neck & left for dead but turned up smiling 2 months later & was with us to the end." On page 64, he records an incident en route to Washington, which reads "Captured a pistol in Genl F.P. Blair's house "Silver Spring" which I now have (Feb 1904) Genl Early place a guard armed ... I got in and got the pistol before this was done."

 

Annotated volumes such as this one add considerably to our knowledge of these historical events.

 

Early: Dornbusch III, 1708; Howes E-14; Nicholson, p. 263; cf Sabin, 21631 (for 1867 ed); Bernard: Haynes 1462; Dornbusch II, 1370.

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