New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., 1890. First edition. Hardcover. 354pp. Large octavo [23 cm] Red cloth covered boards with gilt and black ink stamped titles and decorative vignettes on the spine and front cover. Marbled text block edges. The top half of the backstrip is torn. The text block is cracked multiple times, and is starting to come away from the backstrip. Fair. Item #52287
Illustrations drawn by J. R. Chapin and W. H. Shelton. From the Preface- "In every other conquering army its commander has been its life and soul. Napoleon, in substance, once declared, that it was not great armies that won triumphs, but great commanders. Again he said 'It is not men who make armies, but a man,' thus deifying great generals. The reverse of this might be said of the 'Army of the Potomac.' Its final triumph over the army of Northern Virginia, commanded by the genius of Lee, was won by constant hammering and attrition, during which the blood of our common soldiers paid the greater tribute. In our great army, the private soldier who carried forty rounds of cartridges and a brave heart, who fought without expectation of reward or promotion, was its truest hero and the fittest representative of its conquering spirit."