Ulysses S. Grant's Memoirs in the Rarest Publisher's Binding - from the Library of Col. Henry Barton Beecher, Who Served with Grant at the Battle of Cold Harbor

    Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885-1886. First edition. Two octavo volumes. 584, [2, blank]; 647, [1, errata] pages. With a steel-engraved frontispiece portrait in each volume and forty-eight intertextual maps and illustrations throughout. Bound in the rarest publisher's binding of full black morocco, covers ruled and paneled in blind with blind-stamped central motifs of Grant, spines ruled in blind and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endleaves, all edges gilt. Binding somewhat worn, many contemporary newspaper articles about Grant affixed to several pages, especially in volume I. Evidence of article removal on front pastedown in volume I, a few pages dog-eared, including the front free endpaper (heavily creased with a tear at the crease) in volume II, and a tape repair to the upper corner of the front free endpaper in volume I. Still, a very good copy in a scarce binding, thought to be done mainly as a presentation to select people. This copy from the library of Union Colonel Henry Barton Beecher (1841-1916) who served with Grant at the Battle of Cold Harbor, May 31 to June 12, 1864. Beecher has signed each volume (on the recto of the frontispiece portrait in pencil in volume I, and on the title-page in ink in volume II).

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    Although the battle was a bloody one which yielded no advantage to the Union forces, Beecher served with distinction, as evinced by the following letter written by General Benjamin F. Butler, February 17, 1865, written to Beecher's father, the famous abolitionist Rev. Henry Ward Beecher: "Dear Sir: It gives me great pleasure to bear testimony to the faithful and efficient services of your son, Lieut. H. B. BEECHER [written before Beecher's promotion to Colonel], who has served under me in Virginia something more than a year. His battery [Battery L., 4th U.S. Artillery], generally under his command, was one of the best in the service, and I have no hesitation in saying that he merits promotion in the army, and, had I the power, I should be glad to promote him as Colonel in the volunteer service." Beecher's battery accompanied Major-General W. F. ("Baldy") Smith when he joined Grant at Cold Harbor. An excellent association copy. Henry Barton Beecher was the nephew of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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