Memoir of john Yates Beall
Montreal: John Lovell, 1865. First. Hard Bound. VG / None. Item #639
A VERY RARE BOOK!
John Yates Beall (January 1, 1835 – February 24, 1865) was a Confederate privateer in the American Civil War who was arrested as a spy in New York and executed at Fort Columbus on Governors Island. John Yates Beall (January 1, 1835 – February 24, 1865). Given a Confederate navy commission but no command, Beall set out with a small crew to act as privateers on Chesapeake Bay. Captured and released he headed for the Great Lakes with his scheme to rescue Confederate prisoners held at Johnson's Island. This effort failed so his crew disbanded. Beall was later captured in Niagara, NY, in 1864. He met a military tribunal that pronounced his death sentence. Six U.S. Senators and 91 representatives pleaded in vain for his life to president Lincoln. (Wikipedia)
Howes L-547. Nevins I-228.
The frontise is a tipped in photo of Beall taken just before his execution.
Contains an inscription on the ffep by a Mrs. J.F. Wheatley who states the book was given to her by Lucas in 1865.
( A pricey book with a Broadfoot price guidance of $1200).