CAPTAIN W.S. CAIN
Biographical Sketches of Relatives
Reminiscences of 1861-1865
Monotyped and Printed by
Crane & Company
|A very scarce personal account of a White Officer in a Black Regiment. Apparently the only book about the 12th Regiment U.S. Colored Infantry. |
“William Stephen Cain (1836-1920) entered the Union Army as a Sergeant at the start of the Civil War. After the two years of service with the Kansas Infantry in Tennessee and a “rigid examination by a Board of Generals”, in August 1863 he was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant in the 12th US Colored Infantry, becoming a Company Commander in that regiment the following year, leading his troops against Confederate General Hood’s forces at the Battle of Nashville. ”
Very scarce – very few printed! None on market! A copy sold at auction for $660 several years ago! Who knows when another copy will turn up. Worldcat only shows 15 in all the libraries in the world!
Original cloth, lettered in gilt!
Size: 8″ x 5 1/2″
References: Not in any of the major bibliographies; apparently overlooked, probably due to rarity.
Tight Binding. Pages are pretty clean with only light occasional foxing. Covers have some silverfish? damage (more cosmetic than anything).
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