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    Post War Papers of General John C.Tidball. A fine and substantial collection of papers retained by John C. Tidball, an artillery officer who was brevetted brigadier and major general for gallant and distinguished services in the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, and Forts Steadman and Sedgwick, Virginia. A member of the West Point class of 1848, Tidball remained in the army serving in San Francisco as well as Fortress Monroe, Virginia.

    The collection, consisting of letters and lengthy manuscripts, mostly in his hand include approximately 200-300 pages. Of particular interest are two monographs, one entitled "Moravians in America" and the other "Evolution of the Most Ancient Protestant Church From a Secular Standpoint" (1892). Though Tidball had published numerous military manuals in the 1870s and 1880s, both of the present manuscripts apparently went unpublished. Also included are a large number of pages of manuscript which appears to be parts of a military treatise citing examples from the American Revolution and the Civil War. Offered together with several pieces of correspondence including a seven page ALS, South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, February 28, 1889 to General John C. Breckenridge offering suggestions in reorganizing the practice of recruitment for the army. Pages bear light to moderate marginal chipping, else very good condition overall. A fine collection of material worthy of further research.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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