Title: Wild Flowers from Battle Fields of ...
Publisher: Mrs. D. H. Rains , Cor. B St. & Cherry, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Publication Date: 1889
Book Condition: Very Good+
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Lithographed pictorial wraps, depicting an elderly veteran sitting on a derelict canon next to a child picking flowers; tied with yellow ribbon; 125 x 200 mm (with yapp edges); pp. , manuscript text and 7 wild flower specimens (in perfect state, with excellent colors) pressed on the rectos. Inscribed in ink on the inside back cover: "To Genl. R. A. Alger / With compliments / of one who fought under the 'Conquered / Banner' but who rejoices that today we have / 'One Country, One Flag and One Destiny.' / Thomas Hill / Re Union Army of / The Cumberland / Chattanooga, Tenn Sept 17-18 & 19th 1889." Union General Russell Alexander Alger was a much honored soldier, who led Michigan Cavalry units, fought at Gettysburg, later served as governor of Michigan, and then became a senator. He was elected Commander and Chief of the G. A. R. in 1889. All we know of Thomas Hill is that he was a Confederate Veteran. Covers a little rubbed and dusty, otherwise perfectly preserved. Unique and rare. No doubt there were at least a few other copies of this memento from a reunion of the Army of the Cumberland, held at Chattanooga in 1889 -- given the lithographed cover and copyright notice (manuscript, in red ink, on the verso of the front wrapper) -- but we find none in library holdings or marketplace, nor can we find anything on Mrs. D. H. Rains. Opens with four lines of verse taken from Whittier, and an 8-line dedication, signed with the author's initials, and bordered above and below with floral specimens identified in red ink manuscript: "To the memory of the brave wearers of the Blue and Grey who gave their lives on the fields of battle, where now little children gather these floral emblems of the eternal life upon which they have entered; and to the spirit of good will and enterprise which has taken the place of hatred and war, this little souvenir is dedicated." Thereafter, on the rectos of each of the following leaves are specimens of one or more flowers, each identified on the opposite blank verso. All of the specimens are as follows: Larkspur and sensitive plant from Missionary Ridge; Rabbit Tobacco from Lookout Mountain; Mosses, Ferns and Partridge Berry vine from "Battle Above the Clouds"; Fern, Pansy and Shooting Star from Missionary Ridge; Quaker Ladies from Chicamauga, Vetch from Orchard Knob where Gen Grant's headquarters were during the Battle of Missionary Ridge. A lovely volume. Bookseller Inventory # D8056
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