[Civil War]. John C. West. A Texan in Search of a Fight. Being the Diary and Letters of a Private Soldier in Hood's Texas Brigade. Waco: Press of J. S. Hill & Co., 1901. Inscribed by the author on the preface. First edition. 12mo, 189 pages. Prospectus with author's picture tipped onto title page. Poetry leaflet by Decca Lamar West tipped onto dedication page. Eight page article from The Waco Tribune titled "Passed on to a Higher Life" by A. R. McCollum detailing the life and funeral of West's wife, Mary Eliza West, who died in 1903, tipped onto rear cover as appendix. "A diary kept by West...with various letters written during his term of service." (Coulter) "Among the best personal accounts of life in Hood's famous Brigade." (Nevins)
    Condition: Printed brown cloth wraps stapled to textblock. Wraps are heavily worn and creased in places, with light fraying at edges. Light chipping to spine covering; same corner damaged through page 16. Toned throughout.
    Reference: Coulter, Travels in the Confederate States 469. Howes W278. Nevins, Civil War Books I:176. Parrish, Civil War Texana 103.

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    Twice appointed district attorney for the Western District of Texas by Confederate President Jefferson Davis, West fought at the Battle of Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and Knoxville.

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