New York. 1865. 94pp. Early 20th-century buckram, gilt spine labels. Cloth somewhat dust soiled, labels slightly chipped. Paper shelf label on spine, institutional ink and blind stamps on titlepage. Initial leaves detaching from head of gutter margin. Light tanning. Good. Item #WRCAM52509A
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.