THIRD VOLUME OF CAVALRY TACTICS ID’D TO 4th PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY OFFICER

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This is volume 3 only of “CAVALRY TACTICS” published by THE War Department in 1862. It meas. approx. 4.50 x 6.00 inches and runs 111 pages with 20 fold out diagrams of evolutions and 8 foldout pages of music at the back. This volume covers “EVOLUTIONS OF A REGIMENT”

Covers are marbled with a black cloth tape spine as published with the title in gold at top. Cover corners exhibit light to moderate wear. Interior is tightly bound with pages that are in good condition.

Title page has a bold inscription that reads “CAPT. JOHN WEIDMAN 4TH PENNA. CAVALRY.”

John Weidman was commissioned Captain of Company F, 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry on October 29, 1861. He led his company on the Peninsula Campaign but fell ill and according to records was mustered out on June 30, 1862. He later died of his illness.

The Reading Gazette and Democrat of Berks County, Pa., for Saturday May 2, 1863 said of Captain Weidman:

“We regret to learn that Gen. John Weidman, of Lebanon, died at his residence in that borough, on Thursday, the 23d ult., aged 48 years, 7 months and 20 days. His funeral took place on Monday last, with military honors, and was attended by members of the Masonic Order and by a large number of mourning friends.

Gen. Weidman was the son of the late Jacob B. Weidman, Esq., a distinguished lawyer of Lebanon County. He was educated at Princeton College, and afterward passed a regular course of study in Medicine at Jefferson College, Philadelphia. The practice of Physic, however, was distasteful to him, and he entered upon the study of the Law in his father's office, and was duly admitted to the Bar. He practiced for some years with great success in his native county of Lebanon, and in the Supreme Court of the State where his excellent judgment and eminent legal abilities were held in the highest estimation, not only by that portion of the legal profession having opportunities to witness his efforts, but by the Judges of that high tribunal; and by none more than by the late distinguished Chief Justice Gibson. He took a lively interest in public affairs, but, although among the most active and prominent members of the Democratic party, he never sought or held an office, except that of District Attorney of Lebanon County, to which he was elected, several years ago, on the strength of his personal popularity, when every other candidate on the ticket with him was defeated.

The deceased always had a fondness for military affairs, and about ten years ago, was elected Brigadier General of the 2d Brigade, 5th Division Penna. Volunteers. Before the expiration of his term as District Attorney, the rebellion broke out, when, almost alone and unassisted, he raised a Company of Cavalry for three years' service, which was accepted by the Government, and assigned to the Army of the Potomac. He participated with his Company in the battles of the Peninsula under McClellan, and also in the campaign in Maryland. After a service of more than a year, he contracted the disease which obliged him to resign his commission, and of which he died. It was not however, until his oldest son (a younger being already distinguished in the Navy) had entered or was about to enter the service as Major in one of the drafted regiments, that he could be persuaded to lay aside his sword, and retire to his peaceful and happy home in Lebanon.

Gen. Weidman was a man of the most generous and noble impulses. In every relation of life, he exhibited a suavity of manner and a high sense of honor that won upon the hearts of friends, and commanded the respect of all. Ardent in his attachments, sincere in his friendships, and pure in personal character, he was, take him for all in all, one of Nature's true Noblemen. He leaves a fond wife, an interesting family of children, and a large circle of friends, to mourn the loss of as kind a husband, as fond a father, and as beloved a citizen as ever lived to dignify and adorn humanity.”

Nice ID’d manual from an officer who paid the ultimate price for public service.  [ad]

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