CONFEDERATE MILITARY TEXT - THE TROOPERS MANUAL: OR, TACTICS FOR LIGHT DRAGOONS AND MOUNTED RIFLEMEN

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By Col. J. Lucius Davis. Published by A. Morris, Richmond, VA, 1862. 284 pp., plus 19 pages of bugle calls. Beige card boards, with cloth spine, 6 x 4”, and paper spine label, largely intact.  Cover Front cover exhibits light water staining, extending to the inner text, which displays light foxing throughout, while remaining entirely legible. (Parrish and Willingham, CONFEDERATE IMPRINTS, 4779)

Includes a four page monograph — “Who Was Colonel James Lucius Davis?” by Colin Woodward, published on leefamilydigitalarchive.wordpress.com.  James Lucius Davis (1813-1871), a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (1830), served as a lieutenant in the 4th US Artillery, 1833-1836; served as Captain of Rangers, Republic of Texas, 1839-1841; was an officer in the 4th Virginia Cavalry Militia, 1854-1861; and Bvt. Colonel Cavalry (Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Virginia), 1856-1861.

When the Civil War broke out, he received a commission in the Confederate army, where he became colonel of the 10th Virginia cavalry regiment.  He fought with the Army of Northern Virginia and was wounded on the third day at Gettysburg.  As Lee’s forces were retreating, Federal forces captured him at Hagerstown, Maryland.  He was sent to Point Lookout, a prisoner of war camp for Confederate officers in Maryland, and was exchanged in March, 1864.  He then commanded a brigade in the battle for Petersburg.  Frustrated with not being granted the rank of brigadier general, he resigned in February, 1865.  After the war, he was superintendant of schools in Buckingham, Virginia. (Sources: Lee Family Digital Archive (online); “Antietam on the Web”; and Cullum’s Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy (p. 547).

Solid “Confederate Imprint.” Superb collectible.  [jp]

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