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Original First Edition of “Casey’s Tactics”, dated 1863


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This first edition volume was written by Brig.-Gen. Silas Casey, U.S. Army. Published in New York by D. Van Nostrand in 1863. Title page reads, “BY AUTHORITY, INFANTRY TACTICS FOR THE INSTRUCTION, EXERCISE, AND MANEUVRES OF THE SOLDIER, A COMPANY, LINE OF SKIRMISHERS, BATTALION, BRIGADE, OR CORPS D’ARMEE, BY BRIG.-GEN. SILAS CASEY, U.S. ARMY”. Inside the front cover is a pencil drawing done by the officer of what appears to be the layout of a barracks. On the back outside cover is an embossed American Eagle.

Silas Casey (July 12, 1807 – January 22, 1882) was a career United States Army officer who rose to the rank of Major General during the Civil War. He wrote the three-volume System of Infantry Tactics, including Infantry Tactics Volumes I and II, published by the Army on August 11, 1862, and Infantry Tactics for Colored Troops, published on March 9, 1863. The manuals were used by both sides during the Civil War.

Measures 3 ½” x 5 ¼” x 1”. Text contains 279 pages, plus six pages listing other military publications for sale. Cover is completely intact, although there is some staining, and the pages are tightly bound. Pages have yellowed with age and show some spotting but none appear to be missing. Includes a chapter on the music of the drum and bugle. Overall, this is a nice representation of what most officers from both sides carried. (I also have a CDV image of General Casey available).

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