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    A significant collection of unpublished soldier's art with fascinating stories of life in camp and battlefield

    Important, Colorful Archive of Civil War Cavalryman's Art, Tales, and the Book He Published.
    Rarely has such a wonderful collection of soldier art and stories come onto the market as in this scrapbook assembled by Pvt. Stanton P. Allen, Co. I, 1st Mass. Cavalry. Allen pasted his wartime sketches into an 88-page journal along with clippings of his reminiscences that he wrote for the Troy Daily Times in 1894. The journal measures 5.5 x 9" and contains twenty-eight of Allen's drawings, nine of which are in brilliant color and all of which are filled with the great detail only known to someone who was a full participant in the events. The artwork is surprisingly accomplished but still retains a delightful folk-art quality. The journal is enhanced with illustrations clipped from period issues of Harper's Weekly and other illustrated publications of the day, many of which Allen hand colored. Also secured in the journal is a carte de visite of the young trooper in his cavalry uniform cradling his saber and forage cap on his lap and marked "S. P. Allen-1863." There is also a postwar copy of an 1863 tintype of Allen and his friend Pvt. Irving Waterman, with whom he enlisted. A label fixed to the front of the journal says: "DOWN IN DIXIE/ Scraps gathered and arranged to take/ some of them to be published Troy/ Times in 1894- The Lathop's pict out-This Vol (III)." When he assembled this journal, Allen was clearly working on the publication of his memoirs in book form based on the series that ran in the Troy Daily Times and was gathering his art and writing to show the publisher. Most pages of the journal are loose and chipped along the edges, but the book is otherwise complete with the clippings and artwork seemingly unaffected.

    His book, also called Down in Dixie, would eventually be published by the D. Lothrop Company in 1892 and an original copy accompanies the journal. Filled with fascinating stories of his service, this scarce book is illustrated with many of Allen's drawings found in the journal that have been redrawn by a more professional artist. The interior is inscribed by Allen to his daughter: "To/ Addie/ from/ Papa/ Nov. 29, 1892." The 494-page book is very worn with some pages loose and chipped, the spine cracked and boards tenuously attached. It is, however, complete and a wonderful collection of Allen's personal recollections.

    Allen, at age fourteen, enlisted first in the 21st New York Cavalry claiming to be nineteen. When his ruse was discovered he was arrested for "defrauding the government" but allowed to "escape" and go home by a sympathetic policeman. Shortly afterward, in December, 1863 he managed to enlist with his pal Waterman in Co. I, 1st Mass. Vol. Cavalry and remained in service until the unit was mustered out in June 1865. He saw service in all the major actions of the Army of the Potomac in 1864 and 1865, including the Wilderness, Yellow Tavern, and Spottsylvania.

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