Charleston: West Virginia Printing Company, 1899. First Edition. Hardcover. viii, 340 pages. Frontis photo of Barton. Brown cloth with titles in gilt on cover and spine. Octavo. Corners bumped, edgewear to head and tail of spine. Spine a bit faded and rubbed. Text clean, pages lightly toned with some spotting to margins. Binding sound. Scarce. Good Plus. Item #75056
The author served as a hospital steward in the Fourth Regiment of the West Virginia Infantry Volunteers. In the preface he states that he is "aware that the public is well supplied with the biographies and autobiographies of our distinguished men...but the common ordinary men, those who have failed to reach the summit of fame have not come to the front and given their experience in the battle of life."