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The Army of the United States: Historical Sketches of Staff and Line with Portraits of Generals-in-Chief, 1789-1896

Rodenbough, Theo. F. and William L. Haskin, eds.

New York

Maynard, Merrill & Co.


xii, 741 pp. Introduction by Major-General Nelson A. Miles. Illustrated with 17 portrait plates with tissue-guards. 9½x6½, original dark maroon cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top page gilt. First Edition. Rare association copy, signed three times by Brig. Gen. Ernest Albert Garlington (1853-1934), of the U.S. Army; twice signed (along with some red penciled notes) on the front endpapers and signed on the title page: "E. A. Garlington, 7th Cavalry, 25 Jan. 76 - 3 Jan. 95." Also, with a copy letter from the U.S. War Department, Adjutant General's Office, dated May 16, 1932, awarding Garlington the Purple Heart "on account of wound received in action on December 29, 1890, while serving as a 1st Lt. 7th Cavalry"; and a typed letter from the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, addressed to Brig. Gen. Ernest A. Garlington, both laid in. Garlington was award the Congressional Medal of Honor on September 26, 1893 for “distinguished gallantry” in action against hostile Sioux Indians on Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota, December 29, 1890, where he was severely wounded while serving as First Lieutenant, 7th United States Cavalry. It is interesting to note that Garlington was assigned to the Seventh Cavalry too late to have taken part in the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The book is a scarce title, containing detailed accounts of the first fifty U.S. Army artillery regiments and the first twenty-five infantry regiments. Plus, additional information on the 8th and 9th U.S. cavalries.

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Spine a bit faded, ends chipped, light insect and shelf wear; hinges cracked, occasional marginal dampstains; still a very good copy.

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