Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    [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. Printed brown cloth wraps stapled to textblock. Wraps are heavily worn and creased in places. Spine covering is almost entirely detached, exposing the textblock underneath. Dampstaining on the lower corner; same corner damaged through page 16. Toned throughout. TSHA member donation. All proceeds, including Buyer's Premium, will go to support TSHA.
    Reference: Coulter, Travels in the Confederate States 469. Howes W278. Nevins, Civil War Books I:176. Parrish, Civil War Texana 103.

    More Information:

    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.

    "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)

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2012
    3rd Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 438

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold on Mar 3, 2012 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 October 9 Americana & Political Signature Auction Featuring the Michael Ward Collection - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search