New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1912. First Edition. Black & white frontispiece portraits. Original cloth. Octavo. xvi, 580 & x, 582 pages. Very Good. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with spines and titles stamped in gilt, top edges gilt. Minor rubs to extremities, a few faint spots to spines. Prior owner bookplate on front pastedown of each volume, neat prior gift inscription dated 1912 at top of front free endpaper in volume I. Hinges sound.
Exciting memoir of Wilson's entire military career, with the majority being devoted to the Civil War. Wilson served on Thomas W. Sherman's staff in the South Atlantic campaign, on McClellan's staff in the Maryland campaign, and on Grant's staff in Mississippi and through the Chattanooga campaign. He offers blunt assessments of many Union and Confederate commanders. Wilson served with some of these men from both sides again in the Spanish American War. He had travelled extensively in China in 1885-1886 and had made some connections there which made him useful during the Boxer Rebellion. All in all an exciting memoir of U.S. Army service in the late 19th century. EICHER #601; NEVINS I, p. 180.