William. Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics. Memphis: Hutton & Freligh,
1861. 2 vols in 1, as issued. Octavo, original cloth back boards,
original label on front cover, with 58 lithographs (complete).
First revised edition, Memphis issue.
The 1861 edition was issued in Memphis, Philadelphia and New York; no
priority has been established. Complete with 58 lithographed plates.
Commissioned by Secretary of War
Jefferson Davis, William Hardee's Light Infantry Tactics modernized
American infantry drill, allowing for nimbler, faster-paced battle
movements. Though Hardee was a Confederate general, both
Confederate and Union armies used Hardee's manual during the Civil War.
This copy bear the ownership
inscription of Isaac Howard, a Confederate soldier whose extensive
correspondence with his father is an important primary source for
military historians of the Civil War. The "Howard
Papers" are part of the Southern Historical Collection at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This copy foxed and
soiled throughout; some wear and soiling to upper cover. An
uncommonly well preserved example of this important battle manual.