Richmond: West and Johnston, 1862. Unknown. HB. Square and tight. Yankee mouse chewed a small piece out of the lower right .Mnbay maps and illustrations, all seem in good order. Paper spine label colored over. / No Jacket. Item #227
CONFEDERATE IMPRINT!!! P&W- 4947. C- 2459.
A very rare copy of a manual copied from Mahan who was an authority on the subject and who taught at West Point. All the required plates are present. The book is in its original binding, however the spine has been “painted” which covered the paper label. There is chewing on the lower front pages, not damaging the text.
THERE IS A FADED SIGNATURE IN THE FRONT, “ W.S. GAY, CS ARMY, 1862.” SPECLATIVE RESEARCH INDICATES ONLY A FEW POSSIBILITIES, THE POSSIBLE OWNER WAS A MEMBER OF THE 20TH (FORREST’S) TENNESSEE CAVALRY, AND WAS A MAJOR. HE IS THE ONLY OFFICER LISTED OF 70 PEOPLE WITH THE NAME GAY. THE BOOK IS NOT LIKELY ONE THAT WOULD BE OWNED BY AN ENLISTED MEMBER. BUT THEN, IT’S CAVALRY, TOO!