Richmond: E. W. Eyres, 1865. Original Wrappers. Good binding. Item #6036
Octavo. 142 pp. First edition; second printing. As issued, stitched into printed wrappers. Staining to the front wrapper near the spine where the printing notice appears to have been removed--this notice as well as the numeral "6" in the page number "136" being out of alignment is what Harwell in The Confederate Hundred says differentiates the first and second printing. The last dozen leaves are progressively folded at the bottom corners; internally a fairly clean copy considering how poor the paper was by this time in the War. Uncommon to find this in its original wrappers. Harwell writes, "Only three Confederate prison narratives were published during the war, by Pollard, Anthony M. Keiley, and Beckwith West. Of these Pollard's is probably the most important and Keiley's the most interesting. These two have claims for being the last two books printed in the Confederate States, and it has so far been impossible to determine priority between them" In Tall Cotton 149. This second printing was published but wasn't yet distributed before the Union troops entered Richmond. "This little volumes seems to have been written principally to steel the hearts of the Confederates and to convince them that they could yet win if they made the best use of their materials and opportunities" Coulter 374. Confederate Hundred 68; Howes P-457; Nevins I, p. 200; Parrish & Willingham 4994.