STORY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES - 1895 1st Ed. Inscribed by Confederate General Clement A. Evans
Derry, Joseph T., STORY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES; OR, HISTORY OF THE WAR FOR SOUTHERN INDEPENDENCE, Richmond: B.F. Johnson Publishing Company, 1895. 1st Edition 1/2 Leather/Cloth w/elaborate gilt titling on front board, 8vo (9.25 x 6.625), t.e.g., good/n.a., 448 pp.
Binding and end-papers have been somewhat sophisticated yet with a certain charm inherent therein, the leathers used on the binding appears to be some sort of crushed morocco, the end-papers have been re-arranged in the re-backing so as to preserve the inscription on the front free flyleaf, the rear end-papers are white suggesting the book having been dis-bound but re-assembled with available materials.
The text however, is a different story indeed, not only is it an incredibly succinct and poignant account of why the south left the union; and the events that led up to that epoch event; but the inscription on the front free-flyleaf reads as such, "Lucy Evans presented by Father May 31, 1895. Lucy's "Father" would be no less than General Clement A. Evans who wrote the introduction to this very book. Lucy was one of his five living children.
Evans was commissioned as major of the 31st Georgia Infantry on November 19, 1861, and was promoted to colonel on May 13, 1862, fighting in the Seven Days Battles, Second Manassas, and Antietam. He had temporary command of Alexander Lawton's Georgia brigade from September until November 1862, seeing additional action at Fredericksburg. During the Gettysburg Campaign and the 1864 fighting at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, Evans again commanded the 31st Georgia while John B. Gordon commanded the brigade. Evans was promoted to brigadier general in May 1864 (replacing Gordon who ascended to division command) and was wounded at Monocacy. He commanded Gordon's Division/Second Corps from Petersburg to Appomattox. Evans survived five wounds during the war.
The irony is amazing. This book about the war, was bought by a general who was nearly killed five times; presented to his daughter; and has been through well over 100 years of battles in its own rite. Somehow, someway, it has made its way through the smoke and din of of its many battles to find its way here to us - quite the distinctive sector of Captured Tyme!