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The Life and Services of Gen. Ben McCulloch, by Victor M. Rose, 1888, Signed by Henry E. McCulloch

Rose, Victor. The Life and Services of Gen. Ben McCulloch. Philadelphia: Pictorial Bureau of the Press, 1888. Small 8vo, original blindstamped cloth with gilt title on spine, 260pp. (page numbering begins at 25 for unknown reason). FFEP signed and inscribed by Benjamin McCulloch's brother, From Henry E. McCulloch to Gen'l H.P. Bee, with Lieut. written in front of Henry E. McCulloch in what appears to be a different hand. With portraits of McCulloch, captioned Maj. B. McCulloch, although Maj. has been crossed out (likely in the hand of Henry McCulloch) and changed to Genl., and Colonel M.S. Munson. 

An exceptionally rare book.

Benjamin McCulloch (1811-1862) was a Tennessee-born Texas settler who fought in American battles far and wide. He accompanied his neighbor Davy Crockett to Texas in 1834, but arrived at the Alamo after the battle due to a case of measles. McCulloch then joined the Texas Army under Sam Houston, another former neighbor, and skillfully commanded one of the "Twin Sisters" cannons at the Battle of San Jacinto, earning a promotion to first lieutenant and a sizable land bounty. Elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1839, he spent the next several years defending himself and other settlers from Indians and Mexicans, until being appointed a major by General Zachary Taylor at the outbreak of the Mexican War. Jefferson Davis personally appointed him a colonel before the start of the Civil War, and McCulloch commanded an under-supplied force to victory at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, before he was killed at the front line while commanding forces at Pea Ridge in 1862.

Provenance:Descended Directly in the Family of Henry E. McCulloch, Brother to Benjamin McCulloch

Condition:

Moderate shelf wear with additional damage near top of spine. Text block tight.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,200
11/18/2016

 

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