Military instruction book signed by Major William Allen titled "Instruction for Heavy Artillery; Prepared by a Board of Officers for the use of the Army of the United States", printed Charleston, SC 1861, Steam-Power Presses of Evans & Cogswell. 272 pages with 39 illustration plat, 12mo. Ink inscription to front end paper reading "J. R. C. Lewis. Va Service. Jamestown Island. June 4th 1861" with inscription in pencil reading "Presented to Lewis M. Coleman by Major Wm. Allen June 10th 1862" with additional ink inscription reading "Major Allen was one of Lee's staff – Was a talented man & a scholar son of a ___ of Winchester M.A.C. (Mary Ambler Marshall Coleman)". Ink inscription to inner cover and title page reading "Lewis Minor Coleman, Jr./From Grandma Coleman/for Lewis Jr./This is your grandfathers book-He told me he had closely studied all the ____ – knew every strategy of battle – was very proud of his knowledge. From Grandmother M.A.C.". 7 3/8" H x 5 1/8" W x 1 1/8" D. Provenance: The Estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr., Chattanooga, TN. Descended in the family of Lewis M. Coleman Jr. II (1894-1914), son of Lewis M. Coleman Jr., son of CSA Lt. Colonel Lewis Minor Coleman (1827-1863) and Mary Ambler Marshall, daughter of James K. Marshall and granddaughter of John Marshall (1755-1835). Lewis M. Coleman Jr. also was related to the family of Henry Dearborn by his marriage to Julia Wingate Boyd, daughter of Annette Maria Dearborn Boyd, who was the daughter of Greenleaf Dearborn (1786-1846) and great granddaughter of Henry Dearborn (1751-1829) on her mother's side. Biography: "William Allan (1837-1889) was an educator, writer, and Confederate army officer during the American Civil War. A University of Virginia graduate, Allan served on the staff of Confederate general Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson and later with Jubal A. Early's Army of the Valley. After the war, at the invitation of Robert E. Lee, Allan taught mathematics at Washington College in Lexington. There he began to write about the Civil War, collaborating on a book with the mapmaker Jedediah Hotchkiss, contributing to the debates about the Battle of Gettysburg, and publishing a memoir. Allan became popular on the Lost Cause lecture circuit, and authored a history of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862 and the first volume of a history of the Army of Northern Virginia. In 1873, Allan became the first principal of McDonogh Institute, a private school for poor boys near Baltimore, Maryland. He died there in 1889". (Information according to https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Allan_William_1837-1889#start_entry). Description courtesy of Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc. CONDITION: Wear and losses to spine edge of tooled fabric cove, denting and losses to corners. Frontis page missing, small fragment remaining. Interior with some spotting and minor browning. Browning and spotting of foreedge.
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