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    Goliad survivor John Holliday's copy

    Major-General Winfield Scott. Infantry-Tactics; or, Rules For the Exercise and Manoeuvres of the United States' Infantry. New York: George Dearborn, 1835. Volume I of three volumes. 32mo, 202 pages; 44 pages; 21 pages. Illustrated with fourteen fold out plates on tissue paper with explanations of each; plate I has been removed and plate VIII is partially damaged. Divided into three parts: general instructions and regiment formation, "School of the Soldier," and "School of the Company." Twenty-one pages of sheet music tipped in at the rear. Original blind-stamped cloth over boards. Cloth is separating from the boards due to heavy wear. Corners and fore edge of rear board bumped. Spine covering is removed exposing the spine lining and textblock stitching; lining is chipped at the foot. Light to moderate foxing and dampstaining throughout.

    On the front and rear endpapers/flyleaves are written the names of the book's previous owners, two of which belong to prominent soldiers of the Texas army. The first is that of "John Holliday of the Texian Army"..."Capt Comdt." It is probable that this was John J. Holliday (the only John Holliday listed in the "Military Rolls of the Republic of Texas, 1836-1845") who had served under James Fannin and survived the Goliad Massacre by swimming across the San Antonio River and hiding until the Mexicans left. After the Revolution, he joined the regular Texas army and held a captain's commission. He was also a member of the failed Texas Santa Fe Expedition where he was captured by the Mexican army and imprisoned in Mexico. Holliday died en route to Galveston from Veracruz in 1842 after his release from prison. The second belongs to "Tho. J. Bowen T. A./Florence Georgia," likely First Lieutenant Thomas J. Bowen of "Jordan's Company," Texas Rangers. Along with his name, Bowen lists the locations of the Texas army as it was transferred around the state beginning at Camp Preston, then Camp Bowie on April 21 [1837], and finally Camp Crockett on June 12, 1837.

    This was the standard drill manual for the United States Army until 1855 when West Point professor William J. Hardee published his book, "Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics."

    Reference: Sabin 78411.


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