WILLIAM MAHONE OF VIRGINIA SOLDIER AND POLITICAL INSURGENT - Rare 1st Ed. Inscribed by Author
Blake, Nelson Morehouse, WILLIAM MAHONE OF VIRGINIA SOLDIER AND POLITICAL INSURGENT, Richmond: Garrett & Massie Publishers, 1935. 1st Ed., inscribed by author, blue cloth hardcover w/gilt titling to spine, 8vo (9 x 6"), nearly fine/n.a., [i-vi], vii-xv, 323pp. Nearly fine with only the very slightest rubbing to the head and tail of spine and corners.
William Mahone (December 1, 1826 – October 8, 1895) was an American civil engineer, railroad executive, Confederate States Army general, and Virginia politician. As a young man, Mahone was prominent in the building of Virginia's roads and railroads. As chief engineer of the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad, he built log-foundations under the routes in the Great Dismal Swamp in southeast tidewater Virginia that are still intact today. According to local tradition, several new railroad towns were named after the novels of Sir Walter Scott, a favorite British/Scottish author of Mahone's wife Otelia. In the American Civil War, Mahone was pro-secession and served as a general in the southern Confederate States Army. He was best known for regaining the initiative at the siege of Petersburg, Virginia while Southern troops were in shock after a huge mine/load of black powder kegs was exploded beneath them by tunnel digging former coal miner Union Army troops resulting in the Battle of the Crater in July 1864; his counter-attack turned the engagement into a disastrous Union defeat.
After the war, he returned to railroad building, merging three lines to form the important Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio Railroad (AM&O), headquartered in Lynchburg. He also led the Readjuster Party, a temporary state political party with a coalition of freemen blacks, Republicans and populist Democrats, and was elected by the commonwealth General Assembly to the U.S. Senate in 1881. His willingness to caucus with Republicans cost him some support from the white electorate, as did his relatively tolerant treatment of African-American freemen.
An historically accurate accounting of a great man; and quite well informed biography of the much beloved Confederate General - as well as being a wonderful sector of Captured Tyme!