New York: Blelock & Co., 1866. First Edition. Hardcover. First US edition, first printing, octavo size, 754 pp. Very good. Item #17062801
Thomas Jonathan Jackson (1824-1863), nicknamed "Stonewall Jackson", was one of the most talented military strategists in US history; his tactics are still taught today. Although it is currently politically incorrect to praise, however faintly, any soldier who served in the Confederate Army, his courage and military prowess cannot be argued.
Jackson was killed during the war at the age of 39, from complications arising after being shot by friendly fire. This contemporary account of his life was printed shortly after the war ended and is considered one of the best of the Jackson biographies (remaining in print today). The author, The Rev. Robert L. Dabney (1820-1898) had access to much primary material including Jackson's correspondence and "all the important official papers on file in the War Department of the late Confederate Government" (n.b., from Preface).
___DESCRIPTION: Half tan leather wtih marbled paper boards, two black leather spine labels with gilt lettering, the other spine compartments richly decorated in gilt, marbled edges, marbled endpapers, frontispiece steel-engraved portrait of Jackson dated 1862 with his facsimile signature below, a full-page map os the Battle of Chickahominy at p. 447 and a three-panel fold-out map of Chancellorsville at p. 660; octavo size (8 1/8" by 5 3/4"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xii,  2-742.
___CONDITION: A solid, very good copy, overall strong and sturdy, with light overall wear, the back joint and hinge beginning to crack but the board still firmly attached, internally clean with a few scattered underlines and a pencil notations by a prior owner.
___CITATION: Wright-Howes D2, listing it as the first American edition (however, we find no evidence online of a prior edition).
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