Campfire Sketches and Battle-field Echoes of 61-5.

W.C. King and W.P. Derby's Campfire Sketches and Battle-field Echoes of 61-5

Campfire Sketches and Battle-field Echoes of 61-5.

KING, W.C. and W.P. Derby.


Item Number: 132308

Springfield, Mass.: King, Richardson & Co, 1889.

Early printing of the authors’ finely illustrated work on the American Civil War. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers, illustrated. In good condition. Warping and dampstaining to the rear board. Period ownership inscriptions.

Combining autobiography and history, the memoir was one of the most popular forms of Civil War literature. Generally presented as nonfiction and relating experiences in a first-person voice, the form reached its peak in the 1880s, when hundreds of Civil War memoirs appeared before an insatiable public. Some memoirs, typically those of war heroes, came out immediately as books. Others were published as newspaper or magazine articles, some of which were later collected. The popularity of such Civil War narratives lived on through the twentieth century, attesting to the enduring interest that Americans took in the national conflict.

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