CASEY’S INFANTRY TACTICS, VOL. 2, ID’D TO 1ST LIEUT. JOHN T. BURGESS, 178th NEW YORK INFANTRY

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By Brig.-Gen. Silas Casey. Published by D. Van Nostrand, New York, 1862. Lieutenant Burgess’ penciled owner inscription in both front and rear endpapers. 279 pp., plates. In green blind stamped buckram w/gilt spine lettering. Exhibits light wear at the extremities, and light water staining with light water staining of the lower margin from page 78 on. Else VG.

John T. Burgess, age 37, was enlisted on 4/25/1861 at Cambridgeport, MA, as a Captain. Commissioned into Co. “D”, 74th NY Infantry on 6/20/1861, he discharged on 5/15/1862. On 6/22/1863 he was commissioned as 1st Lieut. and assigned Co. “A”, 178th NY Infantry, and was discharged 1/21/1865. Burgess” first regiment, the 74th NY (“5th Excelsiors”) initially served with Sickles’ Brigade, Hooker’s Division in the Army of the Potomac. This regiment participated in the 1862 Peninsula Campaign and was engaged at the Battle of Williamsburg, the day that Captain Burgess was discharged. The 178th New York Infantry, which Burgess joined as a 1st Lieutenant in June 1863, was initially assigned duty in Washington, before being assigned to the 16th Army Corps and transferred to Eastport, Miss., in October 1863. Through the remainder of the war in participated in the Meridian and Red Rivers Campaigns, the Battle of Nashville, and the Siege of Spanish Fort in the campaign against Mobile. Following the war, the 178th New York remained posted in Alabama until discharge in April 1866. During service the unit lost 18 men killed and mortally wounded and 192 by disease for a total of 210.

Solid book, solid 178th New York collectible. Accompanied by documentation.    [JP]

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