First edition of Lawrence Van Alstyne’s Diary of an Enlisted Man. Octavo, x, 348pp. Green cloth, title in gilt on spine, title with illustration on front cover. Floral endpapers. Frontispiece portrait of the author. Gift inscription on front free endpaper. (Nevins I, 172) Issued in both green cloth and maroon cloth, no priority established. A fine copy.
Comments: Lawrence Van Alstyne was a member of the 90th U.S Colored Infantry, serving primarily in Louisiana. He fought in the Red River Campaign of 1864. This work is based on his wartime journals and benefits from his writing skills.