First Edition of The Civil War Classic Johnny Reb and Billy Yank; With the Rare Original Dust Jacket
Johnny Reb and Billy Yank.
Item Number: 5588
New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1905.
First edition of this epic Civil War novel. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the dust jacket with some chips and inner strengthening. First editions are rare, examples with the original dust jacket are exceptionally so.
Johnny Reb and Billy Yank was published in 1905 by Alexander Hunter, a soldier who served in General Robert E. Lee's army from 1861-1865. It details most of the major events of the Civil War. Hunter stated, "There were thousands of soldiers on both sides during the Civil War, who, at the beginning, started to keep a diary of daily events, but those who kept a record from start to finish can be counted on the fingers of one hand. I was so fortunate as to save most of my notes made during the four years of conflict, and in 1865, having no fixed pursuit in life, I spent most of the time in arranging and writing up these incidents of camp life while fresh in my memory."