SERGEANT ATKINS. A TALE OF ADVENTURE FOUNDED ON FACT. By an Officer of the United States Army [pseudonym]. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1871. 12mo, pp. [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] xv-xvi 17-317 [318: blank] [319-324: ads], flyleaves at front and rear, five inserted plates, original bevel-edged purple cloth, front and rear panels ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, brown coated endpapers. First edition. James Lowry Donaldson (1814-1885) was a career soldier who served in U.S. Army from 1836 to 1 January 1874, rising in rank from second lieutenant to major general during his service. Upon graduation from the U.S. military academy in 1836 as a second lieutenant assigned to the third artillery, he served in that capacity during the Florida War in 1836-1838. General Donaldson's novel SERGEANT ATKINS is based on events that took place just before and during the early stages the Florida War, 1835-1842. The General's sympathy lies with the Seminoles, the majority of whom (along with many nonnative American citizens) were bitterly opposed to consummating the "ill-considered" Treaty of Payne's Landing which stipulated, through their principal chiefs, that they emigrate, in September 1835, to lands set apart for them in the Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River. Wright (II) 762. Cloth worn at spine ends and three corner tips, spine panel quite sunned, some staining, soiling and fading to cloth, externally unattractive, but, aside from some uniform tanning of text block, the interior is sound and very clean. Scarce. (#105469).

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