Signed first edition of The Santiago Campaign 1898 by Major-General Joseph Wheeler, inscribed to inventor of the machine gun, Dr. Samuel N. McClean.
Octavo, xviii, 369pp, . Original navy blue cloth, title in gilt on spine. No additional printings listed. Rear hinge starting, but stable, missing last free endpaper. Lightly rubbed corners, dust remnants to top edge. With a frontispiece portrait and tissue guard, as well as six fold-out maps in fine condition. Signed on the front flyleaf “To Doctor S.N. McClean / With regards of / Joseph Wheeler. November 19th 1901.”
To ensure the military adoption of his McClean Machine Guns, Dr. Samuel N. McClean hired retired General Joseph Wheeler to serve as CEO of the McClean Ordinance & Arms Company of Cleveland, Ohio in 1902. Joseph Wheeler (1836-1906) had previously served as a cavalry general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and a general in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars. Between his military service, Wheeler served from 1885-1900 as a Democratic Representative for the state of Alabama.