Washington. 1861-1862. Three volumes, with over three hundred individual imprints. Contemporary three-quarter roan and marbled boards, gilt leather labels. Wear to leather and edges, boards somewhat rubbed, front hinges loosening. Contemporary ownership inscriptions and binder's tickets on front endpapers of second and third volumes; later bookplate on front pastedown of first volume. Light toning in places, otherwise internally clean. About very good. Item #WRCAM54585
A nice set of general orders issued by the Adjutant General's Office of the War Department in Washington, D.C., previously owned by Brigadier General John Pope Cook. The orders cover the 1861 and 1862, and comprise a nearly complete run of orders emanating from this source during the first two years of the Civil War. This set was collected and bound by John Pope Cook, who began the Civil War as a Colonel in command of the 7th Illinois Volunteer Regiment. He was promoted to Brigadier General after his troops played a key role in the Union victory at Fort Donelson early in 1862. After his promotion, he was transferred to a command in the Department of Iowa and Dakota Territory, where he remained until early 1863, conducting campaigns against the Sioux from his base at Sioux City, Iowa. These orders must have been bound near the end of this period, since contemporary labels note the binder, one William F. Kiter, as being from relatively close by Council Bluffs. A good set with excellent contemporary provenance.