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General Henry Naglee’s Personal Copy of “The Art of War”

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Item No. AR3908TG Category


Extremely scarce copy of the 1st English translation of Auguste Marmont’s work on the Principles of War, translated by Henry Coopee. This example was the personal copy of Union General Henry Naglee which was gifted to him by Henry Coopee himself. Inscribed inside the front cover in old pencil reads “Genl Naglee with the best regards H. Coopee”. Naglee, a Mexican War veteran, would re-enter the military as a lieutenant colonel of the 16th U.S. Infantry in May, 1861. The following January, he was made a brigadier general and given command of a brigade in the IV Corps of the Army of the Potomac. During the Peninsular Campaign, he fought in the Battle of Seven Pines. His brigade and the whole division distinguished themselves when they were attacked, but had to fall back in the end. Naglee himself had his horse killed under him and received four wounds from musket-balls. While both praise and blame were given to the division, and Naglee, he wrote a number of reports and letters, increasing his role in the battle, that sparked great criticism and animosity. Later that year he commanded a brigade and a division in North Carolina, participating in the relief of Washington. In 1863 he commanded the VII Corps and the District of Virginia before mustering out of service in 1864. This copy is in exceptional condition and looks just as good as the day it was printed in 1862. All pages are intact and are bright and clean. rare book from the personal library of a former Union general!

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