McPHERSON’S HISTORY OF THE REBELLION BY EDWARD McPHERSON, 1865, PERSONAL COPY OF GEORGE PENDLETON

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This volume is covered in green cloth with decorative embossing on the corners, and the title in gold gilt on the spine. Measures 9 ¾” x 6 ¼” x 2”. Text contains 656 pages. Second edition. Binding is very tight as it was rebound with new end sheets, cover has light scuffs and corners are bent.

Title page reads, “The Political History of the United States of America, During the Great Rebellion, Including A Classified Summary Of The Legislation Of The Second Session Of The Thirty-Sixth Congress, The Three Sessions Of The Thirty-Seventh Congress, The First Session Of The Thirty-Eighth Congress, With The Votes Thereon, And The Important Executive, Judicial, And Politico-Military Facts Of That Eventful Period; Together With The Organization, Legislation, And General Proceedings Of The Rebel Administration; And An Appendix Containing The Principal Political Facts Of The Campaign Of 1864, A Chapter On The Church And The Rebellion, And The Proceedings Of The Second Session Of The Thirty-Eighth Congress. By Edward McPherson, Of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Clerk Of The House Of Representatives Of The U.S. / Second Edition, Washington, D.C.: Philp & Solomons. 1865.”

The author, Edward McPherson (July 31, 1830 – December 14, 1895) was a Pennsylvania newspaper editor and politician who served two terms in the United States House of Representatives. As a director of the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, he effected efforts to protect and mark portions of the Gettysburg Battlefield.

This volume belonged to George Hunt Pendleton (July 19, 1825 – November 24, 1889), and is signed by him on the title page. He was a politician and lawyer who represented Ohio in both houses of Congress and served as the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1864. He was the son of Congressman Nathanael G. Pendleton and the son-in-law of poet Francis Scott Key. After serving in the Ohio Senate, Pendleton won election to the United States House of Representatives. During the Civil War, he emerged as a leader of the Copperheads, a group of Democrats who favored peace with the Confederacy. After the war, he opposed the Thirteenth Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1866.  [sl]

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