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    General John B. Floyd's Signed Copy of Regulations for the Army of the Confederate States, 1862, 420 pages, 4.25" x 7.5". Richmond, Virginia: J.W. Randolph, 1862. Signed inside the front cover "J.B. Floyd" in ink beneath which Floyd has penciled "not to be taken/from my tent by/any one!" The paper is lightly wrinkled and discolored. He's signed again "John B. Floyd" in pencil on the opposite page (partially faded and heavily creased through the "Fl"), "John B. Floyd" in pencil on the title page, and "John B. Floyd" in pencil on the first page of the index. Succeeding owners' names are also on the inside front cover and opposite page. Bound in brown cloth with black title plate on the spine lettered in gilt "Army/Regulations." The covers are soiled and are partially detached from the spine. John B. Floyd served as Buchanan's Secretary of War from 1857 until his resignation on December 29, 1860 after the President's refusal to order Major Robert Anderson to abandon Fort Sumter. Buchanan had also requested his resignation because of irregular and unauthorized practices in the War Department. In 1861, Floyd was indicted in Washington, accused of having helped the Confederacy by obtaining arms and material and transferring them to Southern arsenals prior to the Civil War and dispersing the U.S. Army into remote parts of the country. After an investigation, he was exonerated. Floyd was commissioned Brigadier General in the Confederate Army on May 23, 1861. In December of 1861, his brigade was sent to join Gen. A.S. Johnston's army in Tennessee. On February 13, 1862, he assumed command at Fort Donelson in the midst of battle after General U.S. Grant had attacked the fort. On the morning of the16th, Floyd turned over his command to Brig. Gen. Simon B. Buckner who agreed to an unconditional surrender. Floyd arrived in Nashville on February 18th and was given command of the evacuation of the city. After his arrival in Murphreesboro, he was given a brigade and ordered to Chattanooga. On March 11, 1862, Presidenr Jefferson Davis relieved Floyd of his command because of the defeat at Fort Donelson. John B. Floyd died of cancer in 1863. A remarkable Civil War souvenir possibly in Brigadier General Floyd's tent at Fort Donelson.

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