Here is a nice first edition book about one of the Civil War's famous Generals, Phil Sheridan for your buying consideration. What makes this book even more interesting is that it once was in the library of Brigadier General William Seward Jr. Would make a great gift for a special occasion, or keep it for yourself!
Very nice 1st Edition of this Civil War book. The book is entitled, "Personal Memoirs of P H Sheridan". The book was written by Sheridan himself.
The book was published by Harper and Brothers of New York in 1883/1884. This set of book are a first edition. This book does not have General Seward's name, signature, or owner label in the book, but came from the same estate some other Civil War books of his that did.
This book was originally owned by Brigadier General William Seward Jr., whom had various NY Regiment commands and was in command of the 3rd Division for about a week in 1865 during the American Civil War. Probably best remembered for being part of the troops with Phil Sheridan that destroyed Jubal Early's division in 1864.
General Seward's father was the Governor of New York, a, US Senator, and then Secretary of State to President Lincoln. The General's father was one of the targets of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators, whom attempted to knife him to death, the night Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater.
We acquired many of General Seward's Civil War library from the estate of a descendant that we will be selling separately in our online stores over the next few weeks. There are about 12 books in total. Those listings titles and listing numbers will be noted here when made available. Some of the Civil War books have his signature penciled in them by General Seward, others have letters, or some have nothing at all in them.
This set of books does not come to the market very often. Then this one was owned by a famous NY Union General. It is one of only a few of the first edition versions that we could find online.
Very desirable copy of this classic Civil War book issuance. The books have a green cloth hardcover. Some very minor loss of finish along the covers. The title, author name, and volume number are on the front and spine of both volumes in gold gilt. The front and back covers are still securely attached to the rest of the book at the spine. Cracking along the spine Vol 2 at the front cover. All the pages appear to still be there. Some very minor rub to the covers at the edges, front bottom corner pressed in.
Some light browning of the pages. No foxing or brown spotting. Some minor soiling in places. The book's pages are all intact, no major tears, missing pages or repairs. Spine shows wear at the edges. Maps are in place on page 26 and 427 of volume 1, and 447 of volume 2. Something made an impression to the bottom of the page from the title page to first page of Chapter 1 in Vol 2.
No writing in the book that we can ascertain. No musty, tobacco, or mildewy smell. A dusty smell to the book being almost 130 years old.
The books are each 9.25" tall, by 6.25" across, by 1.5" to 1-5/8"" wide. Volume One is 500 pages in length. Volume Two is 486 pages in length. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures. Don’t be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions.
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Some information about Brigadier General William Seward Jr. from our friends at Wikipedia;
William H. Seward, Jr.
This article is about the Civil War Brigadier General. For his father, the Governor of New York, see William H. Seward.
William Henry Seward, Jr.
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Born June 18, 1839
Auburn, New York
Died April 29, 1920 (aged 80)
Auburn, New York
Resting place Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, New York
Spouse(s) Janet MacNeil Watson
Parents William H. Seward
Frances Adeline Miller
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1862–1865
Rank Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands 9th New York Heavy Artillery Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
William Henry Seward, Jr. (June 18, 1839 – April 29, 1920) was an American banker and brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was the youngest son of William Henry Seward, Sr., the United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.
Seward was born in Auburn, New York. His father, William Henry Seward, Sr., had just taken office as Governor of New York when he was born, and his mother, Frances Adeline Seward, was the daughter of Judge Elijah Miller, a law partner of Seward who had built the family home in Auburn in 1816. His elder brothers were Augustus Henry Seward, a brevet colonel in the Paymaster Corps, and Frederick William Seward, who served as Assistant Secretary of State to his father.
Educated at home, Seward became interested in finance and later started a partnership with Clinton McDougall, was private secretary to his father, then a U.S. Senator from New York, in 1860, and opened a private bank in Auburn in 1861. He left banking on August 22, 1862 to join the Union Army in the U.S. Civil War.
Seward was appointed lieutenant colonel of New York's 138th Infantry Regiment, which became the 9th New York Heavy Artillery Regiment in December 1862. The regiment served in the defenses of Washington, D.C. until it was converted back to an infantry regiment and sent to the Army of the Potomac because of the losses sustained by that army in the Overland Campaign. After fighting at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Seward was appointed colonel of the regiment on June 10, 1864.
A few weeks after Seward's promotion to colonel, his regiment was sent north to meet the threat to Washington, D.C. posed by Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Early's Valley Campaigns of 1864. Seward was slightly wounded in his arm and suffered a broken leg when his horse fell on him after the horse was shot at the Battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864. He was promoted to brigadier general on September 13, 1864 and in January 1865 was assigned to command a brigade in the Department of West Virginia, which he did until April 1865. He was thereafter known within his family as "The General". Seward commanded the 3rd Division for 6 days after Confederate partisan rangers captured Brigadier General George Crook on February 20, 1865.
Seward resigned his commission on June 1, 1865. After the war, Seward returned to banking and lived with his wife in the family homestead in Auburn, New York. In addition to his banking career, he engaged in politics, charitable work, and patriotic and historic societies and he became a director of several corporations. In 1886, he was elected as a companion of the New York Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and was assigned insignia number 4696.
Seward married Janet MacNeil Watson (1839–1913), with whom he had three children:
Cornelia Margaret Seward Allen (1862–1921)
William Henry Seward III (November 10, 1864–February 16, 1951)
Frances Janet Seward Messenger (1880–1957)
William Henry Seward, Jr. died in Auburn, New York on April 26, 1920 at the age of 80, and is buried in Auburn's Fort Hill Cemetery, next to his father.
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