Recollections of Seventy Years [Civil War, Illinois History, Signed]

By: Chetlain, Augustus L.

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Green cloth with bright gilt spine and cover titles, blind-stamped cover decorations, decorative endpapers, 15.5 by 22 cm, frontis portrait, tipped-in errata slip, 304 pp. Light corner wear, wear at the head and tail of the spine, minor scratches and scuff marks to the boards, and small splits to the front hinge. This copy has a small book label for the Senn Room Library at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and a “Senn Rooms” stamp on the title page and page 263, and a small binders’ ticket on the rear pastedown (Elce Bros., Galena, Illinois). Inscribed and signed by Chetlain on the second leaf following the ffep. A very nice copy of this scarce first edition. Major General Chetlain (1824-1914) served in the Union Army and was said to be the first person in Illinois to volunteer for service during the American Civil War.1 Later, “he was Consul General at Brussels from 1869 to 1872, after which he went to Chicago and organized the Home National Bank, of which he was President, and later the Industrial Bank of Chicago.”2 While in the war, Chetlain was involved in the capture of Paducah, defense of the Cumberland River, the capture of Fort Henry, the battle of Fort Donelson, the Battle of Shiloh, and the Siege of Corinth, after which he was “given command of Corinth, Mississippi, where he began to organize and train black soldiers for Union Army service.”3 This memoir includes early Galena, 1825 to 1832; Black Hawk War, 1832, Galena 1832 to 1836; later Galena, 1836 to 1850, sketches of prominent citizens; Galena and the Northwest, 1850 to 1861, a tour in Europe, incidents, etc.; the Civil War, recruiting the first Galena Company in April 1861, Army at Cairo, movement on Fort Donelson, prominent army men etc.; the Civil War, Fort Donelson to Vicksburg, battles of Shiloh and Corinth, sketches of prominent army men, incidents, etc.; the Civil War, 1863 to 1865, Army of the Tennessee, recruiting and organizing U.S. colored troops in Tennessee, in command of post and forces of Memphis, incidents at close of the war, commanding the district of Talladega, Alabama, 1856 to 1866; Utah, 1867 to 1869, the Mormons and Mormonism; US consul at Brussels, 1869 to 1872, sketches of Americans in Europe, notes on the Franco-Prussian War, Siege of Paris, the Commune, etc.; Chicago after the great fire of 1871, convention in Chicago in 1874 of old abolitionists, tour in California, Jo. Jefferson the famous actor at Galena in 1840, international military encampment at Chicago 1887, visit to Europe, interview with General Ferron the French Minister of War, General Grant and ex-Minister Washburn in 1879 to 1880, sketches of prominent men who have died in Chicago since 1872, and men now living in Chicago and in the Northwest; World‘s Columbian Exposition of 1893, location secured, management, etc., women’s department, etc.; brief sketches of noted women of Chicago; Army societies in Chicago, brief sketches of army officers; notes on the Dominion of Canada, notes on Rockford, Illinois, and Platteville, Wisconsin; the Philafrican Liberators League; Galena at the close of the 19th century, sketches of prominent citizens who have died, sketches and notices of citizens now living.

Title: Recollections of Seventy Years [Civil War, Illinois History, Signed]

Author Name: Chetlain, Augustus L.

Categories: Civil War, Biography & Autobiography, American History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Galena, IL, The Gazette Publishing Co.: 1899

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: very good

Inscription: Inscribed and signed by author

Seller ID: 3564