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    Theophilus F. Rodenbough. From Everglade to Cañon with the Second Dragoons (Second United States Cavalry). An Authentic Account of Service in Florida, Mexico, Virginia, and the Indian Country . . . 1836-1875. New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1875. First edition. 8vo, 560 pages. Illustrated throughout, including six chromolithograph plate illustrations. Appendices. Index. Bound in red leather over boards with titles in gilt on the spine. Lightly shelfworn. Title page detached. Areas of light waterstaining in places at the lower edges and gutter.

    With two foldout maps. The first, titled Battle Fields Marches & Principal Stations of the Second Regiment of Dragoons (Second Cavalry) in the United States and Mexico, measures 13.75" x 9" and shows the United States, southern Canada, and northern Mexico with battle sites and stations indicated in red. Locations of Indian reservations are also shown. Relief in hachures. Slightly toned along the edges. The second, titled Map of Portions of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania Showing Raids and Battles Participated in by the Second Regiment of Cavalry with the Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac, measures 14.5" x 23.5" and features the routes taken by McClellan, Sheridan, and other Union commanders between 1862 and 1864. Routes, battle sites, and permanent camps are indicated in red. Also shown are towns, rivers, roads, and railroads. This map exhibits moderate damage, with heavy separation along the horizontal folds. Right edge is chipped and there is an overall toning.

    This copy was once the property of Col. Albert Gallatin Brackett (1829-1896), a former officer of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry whose name appears on the upper edge of the title page. Brackett, a native of New York, began a nearly lifelong career in the U.S. Army when he joined the 4th Indiana Volunteer Infantry as a second lieutenant during the Mexican War. He was discharged as a first lieutenant after the war and practiced medicine for a time in Indiana. He returned to the army in 1855, raising a company in the 2nd U.S. Cavalry and serving as its captain while fighting the Comanche on the Texas frontier. With the secession of Texas, he served in the Union Army, first as colonel of the 9th Illinois Cavalry before transferring to the regular army as a major in the 1st U.S. Cavalry. After the war, he returned to the 2nd U.S. Cavalry as a lieutenant colonel and served frontier duty in the Indian Wars in Nevada, Wyoming, and Arizona. In 1879 he was made a full colonel and commanded the 3rd U.S. Cavalry. He returned to Texas as commander of Fort Davis before retiring from the army in 1891.

    Reference: Graff 3544. Howes R395. Sabin 72467.

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