First edition of Major General J. Warren Keifer’s autobiographical look at the Civil War and the institution of slavery. Octavo, [two volumes], xii, , 324pp; ix, , 352pp, [2pp ads]. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine, decorative illustration on front cover. Top edge gilt. Frontispiece portrait with tissue cover in both volumes. Volume I complete with 10 full page portraits, 2 full page maps and a full page illustration. Volume II complete with 34 full page portraits and 4 full page maps. (Ryan, Ohio, 403). A near fine copy.
Comments: According to Ryan: “[this work] includes not only a personal memoir of the author but is a history of the campaigns in which he participated. No more valuable, nor more interesting volumes on the Great Rebellion have been written and they are essential to the student who would gain wider knowledge on that subject.” Keifer served in the United States House of Representatives from 1877-1885 and again from 1905-1911. He was speaker of the House from 1881-1883.