West Orange, NJ: Self-Published, 1911. B.F. Williamson. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth. 5 1/8 X 7 1/2 Inches. 162 PP. Very Good. Item #4020
"We of the South accepted the result of that contest and laid down our arms in good faith. But when we are asked, like a whipped child, to say we were wrong and are sorry for what we did, and promise to sin no more, it is asking too much. Yet our men, who fought and lost, and those who died in the struggle, were just as brave and as honest as the men who wore the blue. They fought for the Union, we fought for our homes, for our wives and our dear ones." (from the Preface)
First edition copy of this 1864 prison diary. Signed by illustrator B.F. Williamson directly on the FFEP. Inscribed, "To Wm. W. Patterson with my compliments / B.F. Williamson" in pencil. Patterson was one of Mosby's Rangers, like the author. Illustrated. Brown cloth binding with outer edges a bit frayed. Hint of foxing.