First edition of Andersonville: A Story of Rebel Military Prisons by John McElroy.
Thick octavo, xxxii, 33-654pp, . Bound in sheepskin, title in gilt on black morocco label affixed to spine. No additional printings listed on copyright page. Solid text block, light rubbing to edges, loss to top edge of spine. Foxing to edges. With frontispiece and numerous additional illustrations throughout. (Nevins I: 197)
John McElroy (1846-1929) was sixteen when he joined the Union Army, and was captured by Confederate soldiers in Virginia just one year later. Andersonville details his experience as he was transported between multiple military camps throughout the South. He was released from captivity at the end of the war and moved back to the North to rejoin the printing trade and write this book.