New Orleans, LA, Memphis, TN, and New York: Blelock & Co., 1868. First edition. 8vo. xv, (3), -704 pp. Six engraved plates, including a frontispiece portrait of Forrest, six maps, three folding, several additional in-text maps; includes staff and regimental rosters. Tipped to the verso of the frontispiece is a 2-page autograph letter signed by Gen. G. T. Beauregard (and with an initialed P.S.), 5 October 1882, from New Orleans to Col. A. R. Chisolm, commenting on this title and the war, in part "Do you still want a copy of Jordan's Life of Forrest ... I did approve of Hood's movements from Gadsden Ala but not as executed. If you recollect, he was to have crossed the Ten. River at Gunters' Landing north of Gadsden instead of which he drifted down the Tuscumbia, some 80 mi. to the westward & lost one month there to await ... supplies. I make all that very plain in my book. I hope to be in N.Y. on the 20th to 25th inst. to make definite arrangements with my publishers." With a note by Chisolm at the head of the title page indicating that the book was given to him by Beauregard and with a second, later signed note by him on the tipped-in portion of Beauregard's letter concerning a second "Life of Forrest" mentioned by the general. Chisolm (1834-1910), a native of Beaufort, S.C., served as Beauregard's senior aide-de-camp throughout the war, from Charleston in March, 1861, until May 6, 1865. Howes J-251. Nevins I, p. 34: "An early, detailed account of Forrest's operations; written by strongly sympathetic admirers." Dornbusch III, 1189. Nicholson, p. 436. Good solid copy, with excellent Confederate associations. Publisher's brown half-calf (rubbed, joints repaired), leather label and gilt ornaments and rules on spine (rubbed), marbled boards (edges bumped, endpapers, and edges. (10192). Item #63388
The Civil War period referred to in the letter came after the fall of Atlanta when Beauregard was given command of a new Department of the West, comprising defense of five southern states that included Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee, with the armies of Generals Hood and Taylor under his direction. Beauregard approved of Hood's incursion into Tennessee (thinking Sherman might be diverted, but preparations for March to the Sea proceeded without much delay); Hood dawdled, giving the Union forces time to concentrate and the disasters at Franklin and Nashville followed, hastening the defeat of the Confederacy.