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    Rare History of Parson's Texas Cavalry Brigade

    General W. H. Parsons. Condensed History of Parsons Texas Cavalry Brigade 1861-1865. Together With Inside History and Heretofore Unwritten Chapters of the Red River Campaign of 1864. Corsicana [Texas]: 1903. First edition. Octavo. 106 pages. Regimental rosters. Publisher's original printed wrappers.

    This copy with a contemporary ink inscription on the front wrapper: "Rebecca Boyce, Chapter, DAR / Given in memory of / Mr. Robert Newton (RN) Couch / Co. C 12th Regiment / By His Daughter, Mrs. Nina Shinpaugh". Robert Newton Couch doesn't show up on the roster of C Company. William Henry Parsons raised the 12th Texas Cavalry Regiment in the summer of 1861. In the autumn of 1862 he formed Parsons Brigade to serve as cavalry for the Army of the Trans-Mississippi then forming in Arkansas. From The Handbook of Texas: "During the Civil War Parsons's Brigade earned the reputation as one of the finest mounted units serving in the Trans-Mississippi Department. The brigade took part in almost fifty battles, although most were too small to rate a name, and the men were responsible for watching federal operations from Memphis to Vicksburg. For three years they provided outposts and scouts for the army headquartered first at Little Rock and later at Shreveport. The brigade rarely mustered in full at any single place; instead, the troops generally fought by detachments or regiments. Much of the brigade's well-deserved reputation resulted from the outstanding fighting record of the Twelfth Texas Cavalry Regiment and the leadership of Colonel Parsons." No record of sale can be found for a copy of this work.

    Condition: Good. Remnants of old yellowed tape repairs on the wrappers; some loss to the wrapper at the spine ends; wrappers loose. Edges of the text block toned, but generally a sound copy of this scarce work.

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