October 4, 2007

I've Not Heard of This One...

Looks like the Friends of the Stones River Battlefield have come across an uncommon first edition copy of William D. Bickham's 1863 Rosecrans' Campaign With the Fourteenth Army Corps: A Narrative of Personal Observation, with an Appendix Consisting of Official Reports of the Battle of Stones River.” Not just any copy, but one that was owned by a Union soldier who particpated in the battle of Stones River. Apparently, this book represents one of a few first-hand accounts of the battle published during the war. According to this story, the book is being donated by the Friends to the Stones River Battlefield Park Library. Props to the Friends for their magnanimous gesture! Needless to say, the book is pricey though not too terribly rare as ABE lists 4 copies for sale with prices ranging from $150 to $440. According to one bookseller, "the author was a [Cinncinati Commercial] war correspondent during part of the war. His letters and dispatches soon gave him a valuable and reliable reputation." For those who want just a reading copy, it appears the book has been reprinted and is available for $29.99 through Amazon. The map is of the Stones River battlefield and is taken from the book.

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