First edition of Advance and Retreat by Confederate General John Bell Hood, in the publisher’s scarce three-quarter morocco.
Octavo, 358pp. Publisher’s three-quarter morocco, marbled boards. Title in gilt on spine with decorative raised bands. Solid text block, some rubbing to edges and corners, light soiling to endpapers, clean text throughout. Previous ownership stamp and bookplate on front endpapers. Includes frontispiece portrait and additional engraved portrait of General Hood, both with tissue guards. This volume is complete with three full-page maps and a fold-out map showing the positions of the Confederate Armies of Mississippi and Tennessee. (Howes H622) (Dornbusch II: 2797) (In Tall Cotton 93) (Eicher 240) An attractive example in the scarce three-quarter morocco binding.
General John Bell Hood (1831-1879) served in the Confederate Army from 1861-1865. Hood fought in the Seven Days Battles, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Battle of Chickamauga. He suffered many injuries throughout his military career, leading to loss of function in his left arm and amputation of his right leg. This memoir by Hood was published posthumously and served to justify his actions during the war, particularly in response to accusations he considered false made by Generals Joseph E. Johnston and William Tecumseh Sherman.