THE GREAT REBELLION, VOL 1 BY J.T. HEADLEY, ID’D TO GEORGE T. GELWICKS, 1ST MARYLAND VET. CAVALRY, US, POTOMAC HOME BRIGADE (COLE’S CAVALRY)

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This volume was written in 1862 by J.T Headley, who was the author of several other works, including, “Washington and His Generals”. This particular volume was published in Baltimore in 1864. It was written as a history of the Civil War from its origins up through June of 1862. Book contains numerous steel engravings, including battle scenes, a collage of Union Army and Naval officers, as well as a collage of “Rebel” officers.

This book is ID’D to George T. Gelwicks of 1st Maryland Cavalry, US. Gelwicks enlisted on August 27, 1861 as a Corporal and on November 27 was mustered into Co. “C”, 1st Maryland Cavalry, Potomac Home Brigade. He was mustered out on August 28, 1865 at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

Marbled paper lines the inside of both the front and back covers, then turning two pages, there is a unique lithograph of President Abraham Lincoln, covered in onionskin paper. Following this is a colorful page of patriotic sketches of an eagle, flags and Union soldiers, titled, “SOLDIERS MEMORIAL OF HONOR”, with a place for the owner to place their own oval image and inscribe their name. On these lines is handwritten in period ink, “GEORGE T. GELWICKS, CO. C. COLE’S MD. VET. CAV. EMMITSBURG MD”, with Gelwicks’ image in uniform pasted in the oval. There is a pressed flower here as well. The following four pages are meant for the owner to write their own remarks. The first page is inscribed with, “Entered the United States service August 27th 1861- reenlisted Feb. 14th 1864- Engagements see Company Rolls. Hedgesville, West Va. May 15th 1865. Coles Md. Batalion of Cavalry served two years and six months then reenlisted as above stated and was recruited to a full regiment Field of opperations: Shanandoah Valley”. The following page is inscribed with, “Mary B. Gelwicks Emmitsburg Md. Oct. 29th 1866. Presented by her friend Goe. T. Gelwicks”. At the end of this section is a poem which reads, “God guard our flag and keep each star, each stripe so bright as now they wave. Still may it lead our ranks to war, still float above each patriot’s grave. Death to the traitor who would dare, to trail it in the dust of shame. Each honest heart its lot will share, and follow it to death or shame.”

Book has a brown leather cover with an all-over embossed design. The spine has gold gilt lettering with the book’s title and an image of the White House, spread-winged eagle, and Columbia holding the Union flag. Cover is completely unattached from the pages and is slightly splitting at the creases. First few, and last few pages are loose, but none are missing. Pages have yellowed with age. Book measures 9 ½” x 6 ¼” x 2 ¼”. Text contains 506 pages.

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