New York. 1865. 94pp. Dbd. Contemporary gift inscription and institutional stamp on title page; contemporary annotation on final leaf verso. Internally clean. About very good. Item #WRCAM52509
The official military account of the trial of John Yates Beall. Beall, whom Nevins calls "an erratic Confederate irregular," joined the Confederate navy early in the war. He was captured in late 1864 near the Canadian border, where he was engaged in spying and minor sabotage. Beall and his men had hoped to free Confederate prisoners held by the Union at Johnson's Island off the coast of Ohio, but succeeded only in sinking several nearby boats. He was tried for sabotage in January 1865, sentenced to hang, and executed after President Lincoln refused to commute his death sentence. HOWES B276.