First edition of The Organization and Administration of the Union Army by Professor Fred Albert Shannon.
Octavo, [two volumes], 323pp; 348pp. Dark blue cloth, title in gilt on spine. An ex-library copy with faint library catalogue listing on spine, library discard tag on front endpaper, Complete with frontispiece portrait and six full-page illustrations. Top edge gilt, uncut fore edge. Clean text, free of any markings in text block. (Howes, S327) (Nevins I, 14) (Eicher, 855). From a limited edition of 475 printed sets, most of which were quickly acquired by libraries.
Comments: This scarce Civil War work by Fred Shannon won the Pulitzer for History in 1929. It describes the evolution of the union army from a peacetime organization to an active military organization, the supply chain struggles and the hardship of the conversion. It is largely based on a paper written by Union Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson, where the author argues that no officers should have been appointed who were not West Point graduates. A reprint of this work was published in 1965.