Philadelphia: Published by Robert Desilver...and Thomas Desilver, 1819. xxiii,,452pp. plus portrait frontispiece and two folding facsimiles. Original green paper-covered boards, manuscript spine title. Spine chipped, extremities worn. Tanned and foxed, some leaves with faint dampstaining, 19th-century pencil inscriptions from "George W. Ford Baltimore Maryland" on front free endpaper, spurious ink signature reading "E.A. Poe" on front pastedown. A good copy in original condition. Untrimmed. Item #WRCAM20452D
An engaging biography of Gen. Nathanael Greene, with descriptions of many of the major battles of the Revolution, in which Greene played a significant role. Most notably, Greene was instrumental in wearing down Cornwallis's superior forces in the southern theater through a series of guerilla encounters. The folding facsimiles here reproduce two letters dated in 1779: the first, a letter from Greene to John Jay regarding positive Congressional acknowledgement of Greene's activities as quartermaster general of the Continental Army, and the second, a letter from George Washington to Greene pleading for a penknife during Greene's stint in the same position. The Appendix includes the text of Gen. Greene's letter to Congress resigning as quartermaster general, along with official reports of several battles which Greene commanded, and also the text of the apocryphal Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. "This is the best contemporary biography of the great general" - Decker. DECKER 39:4. SABIN 9897. HOWES C21. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 47494.