DescriptionVictor M. Rose. The Life and Services of Gen. Ben McCulloch. Philadelphia: Pictorial Bureau of the Press, 1888. First edition. Octavo. 260 pages (numbering begins at page 25). Engraved portraits of Maj. B. McCullough and Col. M. S. Munson following the dedication page. Publisher's original blind-stamped cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the spine.
Benjamin McCulloch (1811-1862) was a Tennessee-born Texas settler who accompanied his neighbor Davy Crockett to Texas in 1834, but arrived at the Alamo after the battle due to a case of measles. McCulloch then joined the Texas Army under Sam Houston, another former neighbor, and skillfully commanded one of the "Twin Sisters" cannons at the Battle of San Jacinto, earning a promotion to first lieutenant and a sizable land bounty. Elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1839, he spent the next several years defending himself and other settlers from Indians and Mexicans, until being appointed a major by General Zachary Taylor at the outbreak of the Mexican War. Jefferson Davis personally appointed him a colonel before the start of the Civil War, and McCulloch commanded an under-supplied force to victory at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, before he was killed at the front line while commanding forces at Pea Ridge in 1862.
Condition: Very good. Modest shelf wear to with abrasions to the lower edge of the boards and a small section of the corner of the upper rear board lacking with some pinprick holes in the joints. Contents with uniform light toning, more so at the lower edge of the text block. Small chip to lower corner of flyleaf. A sound example of the rarely encountered first edition.
Reference: Dykes, Western High Spots ("Ranger Reading"), page 117. Garrett, Mexican-American War, page 246. Graff 3572. Howes R443. Nevins, Civil War Books II, page 86. Parrish, Civil War Texas.
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