Item #82293 Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days. W. W. HEARTSILL.

Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days

Item #82293

HEARTSILL, W. W. Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days, in the Confederate Army. A Journal, Kept by W. W. Heartsill. For 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: [William Heartsill], July, 1876. [8],264,[1], including in-text illustrations and facsimile newspaper pages, plus sixty-one mounted silver albumen photographs. Original black cloth. Cloth a bit rubbed and stained, some chipping along rear joint, a bit of staining to the endpapers and foredge of textblock. Small, closed vertical tears to upper margin of a few leaves, light scattered foxing, text tanned. A very good copy of a book often found in poor condition. HOWES H380, "b." IN TALL COTTON 86. BASIC TEXAS BOOKS 89. NEVINS I, p.102. A legendary Civil War and Texas rarity, privately printed by W.W. Heartsill himself in a very small edition, with sixty-one mounted silver albumen photographs of the author and his comrades. Heartsill's journal covers a wide variety of topics, including his experiences in Texas (and at the Texas Secession Convention), contemporary Mexican affairs, personal thoughts on generals such as Braxton Bragg, Stonewall Jackson, and Albert Sidney Johnston, the battles of Chickamauga and Vicksburg, being a prisoner of the Union army, and particularly his time with W.P. Lane's Rangers. The terminal leaf includes a list of dead from the Rangers from their date of discharge to the time of printing in July, 1876. Heartsill purchased a small novelty press in December of 1874 and printed this book page-by-page in his free time, creating a total of one hundred copies, no two quite alike. The sixty-one portraits of the rangers were solicited by Heartsill as well, who personally mounted them into each copy. "Sacred history records one event that will never occur again - the flood," Heartsill notes in his preface, "and as sure, a 'Second edition' of this journal will never be printed by the undersigned on an Octavo Novelty Press." "This book would be of considerable interest because of the homespun way in which it was produced, even if it were devoid of any other virtues. It is, however, a good narrative in its own right - of the early days of the war in Texas, of operations in Arkansas and Louisiana, of Heartsill's capture and imprisonment in the North, of his.

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