WITH FIRE AND SWORD
Edition: First one-volume edition
New York: Neale Publishing Company, 1911. Small octavo. Original dark grey cloth gilt lettered. pp (ii), 203 + portraits at front - author, and Sherman. Spine lightly darkened; slight rubbing to foot of spine, lower edges, joints; text paper slightly toned; one inch split to front inner hinge neatly repaired; ink name to front free endpaper; half-title leaf has some foxing, with a closed snag to a blank area neatly repaired with clear archival paper tape; two creased nicks to fore edge of half-title and frontispiece; 1/4 inch tear and shallow crease to the fore margin of the title and first Content leaves; three inch tear to pp 25-26 neatly repaired with clear archival paper tape (no text loss); corner crease to two leaves of text; a VG copy otherwise, tight in the binding, text clean, cover gilt clear and still bright. "Byers was a private, sergeant, and adjutant in the 5th Iowa. He was captured at Chattanooga in November 1863 and was held in such Southern prisons as Libby, Macon, Charleston, and Columbia. He escaped twice and enjoyed some highly irregular adventures in the process. Byers' narrative, which is well written although romantic, includes pen pictures of Grant and Sherman. The latter's devastation of Southern territory is depicted as necessary and not especially brutal. Although the book is sometimes characterized as a prison narrative, Byers also described his experiences on such fields as Shiloh, Corinth, and Vicksburg." - Krick, Neale Books, 65. He was also the author of the poem, put to music and popular in the North, "Sherman's March to the Sea". Uncommon.