Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Heartsill's Civil War Journal. "The rarest and most coveted book on the American Civil War."

    W[illiam]. W[illiston]. Heartsill: Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days, in the Confederate Army. A Journal, kept by W.W. Heartsill, for four years, one month, and one day. Or Camp Life; Day-by-Day, of the W.P. Lane Rangers from April 19th 1861, to May 20th 1865. ([Marshall, Texas: Privately Printed, 1876]). First edition, one of only 100 copies hand-printed by the author on an "Octavo Novelty Press". Octavo (8.25" x 5.75"). [viii], 264, [1] pages. Illustrated with sixty-one original albumen photographic portraits (including one of the author) mounted on leaves with printed captions identifying the subjects. Original black cloth, with silver rules and lettering stamped on the spine.

    Heartsill's journal describes his experiences during the Civil War, including material related to Texas ranching activities, Indian and Mexican affairs, and botany; the Texas Secession Convention; generals Braxton Bragg, Stonewall Jackson, Joseph E. Johnston, and John W. Whitfield; his work with the W.P. Lane Rangers; battles of Chickamauga and Vicksburg; prisoners of war; and Confederate Army Trans-Mississippi Department.

    Condition: Cloth covered boards have areas that have dulled, with surface scrapes and a few stains. However, boards are sound with sharp corners. Interior pages have light foxing throughout, but paper remains supple and binding is tight. In near fine condition, certainly one of the best examples to have survived of this scarce title.

    References: Harwell, In Tall Cotton 86: "This book would be of considerable interest because of the homespun way in which it was produced, even if it were devoid of any other virtues. It is, however, a good narrative in its own right-of the early days of the war in Texas, of operations in Arkansas and Louisiana, of Heartsill's capture and imprisonment in the North, of his travels through the north to City Point, Virginia, for exchange. After some time in Richmond he was attached to Bragg's army in time to participate in the Battle of Chickamauga. Then slowly back to Texas through Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. For a while he guarded Federal prisoners in Camp Ford at Tyler, Texas. He and his comrades in the W. P. Lane Rangers were finally disbanded near Navasota May 10, 1865."

    Howes H380: "Printed by the author, page-by-page, on a hand-press; one of the rarest journals by a Confederate combatant." Basic Texas Books 89: "The rarest and most coveted book on the American Civil War. Only one hundred copies were printed, of which merely a handful have survived.... The journal itself is historically important.... This four-year record is one of the most vivid and intimate accounts of Civil War battle-life that has survived." "A product of homemade printing, this work recounts not only the experiences of a soldier in the Trans-Mississippi, but also his travels through the North as a war prisoner." -Civil War Books.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2016
    12th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,643

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold 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 May 19 Manuscripts Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
    Howard Ballou,
    Brandon, MS
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search