This is a very good hardcover with dust jacket. This copy is very clean inside and out. There is light natural tanning to pages from age but no foxing etc seen. Binding tight and straight. The dust jacket is clean and shiny with only a hint of shelf wear from display. Blue hardcover boards under jacket are like new.
Originally published in 1888, this book became an immediate bestseller. The author, John Billings had served with the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. He joined forces with the illustrator Charles Reed and utilized the many sketches of field life Reed had made during the war. These sketches enlivened an already fascinating text with pen and ink drawings lf all aspects of a soldiers life, including chapters on foraging, army rations, equipment, the army mule, hospitals and much more. This book contains the reprints oforiginal drawings of Reed who was a member of the Massachusetts battery.
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