Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days in the Confederate Army. A Journal Kept. HEARTSILL, illiam, illiston.

Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days in the Confederate Army. A Journal Kept

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HEARTSILL, W[illiam] W[illiston]. Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days in the Confederate Army. A Journal Kept by W.W. Heartsill, of Four Years, One Month, and One Day: or, Camp Life; Day-by-Day, of the W.P. Lane Rangers, from April 19th 1861, to May 20th 1865. [Marshall, TX: W.W. Heartsill, 1876]. 1st ed. [8],264pp. 61 original photographs mounted on 19 plates. Later cloth. Light uniform toning, else a very good or better copy. HOWES H-380, "b." Dornbusch II, 1046. In Tall Cotton 86. Coulter 224. Nevins I, p.102. Raines, p.111. Winkler-Friend 3778. "Printed by the author, page-by-page, on a hand-press; one of the rarest journals by a Confederate combatant" Howes. "W.W. Heartsill's Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days in the Confederate Army is the rarest and most coveted book on the American Civil War. Only one hundred copies were printed, of which merely a handful have survived. Dr. Llerena Friend said of it: 'This book deserves its description as "probably the most unique book in the entire field of soldier narratives."' Dr. Bell I. Wiley wrote: '"Unique" is a much abused adjective, but it can be safely applied to the Confederate journal of William Williston Heartsill. The title is strikingly unique; so is the method by which the4 diary becomes a book. Heartsill printed a the journal himself, one page at a time, on an "Octavo Novelty Press," a crude machine which cost about ten dollars. The press was kept at Heartsill's store, and the printing done at odd time when business was slack. Sometimes the completion of a single page required several days; and the printing of the whole book extended over the period December 9, 1874-July 1, 1876.' "Moreover, Heartsill included in each copy sixty-one different original photographs. During the lengthy printing of the book Heartsill encouraged his former comrades-in-arms to send him photographs of themselves. Sixty-one complied, and Heartsill--lacking any better method--had a hundred prints of each photograph made and pasted them down, four to a page, with the name of each man printed beneath his portrait. "The journal itself is historically important. Heartsill wrote it on the scene in small notebooks that he kept in his pocket. These were sent back from the front to Texas, one by one, as they filled up. This four-year record is one of the most vivid and intimate accounts of Civil War battle-life.

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