Fort Russell (Cheyenne) Wyoming: Headquarters, Eighth Infantry, 1873. Second Edition. Leather-bound. Volume I: xvi,430; Volume II: xvi,431,vi pages. Frontis engraving to volume I, total of 8 maps. 31 illustrations, text vignettes. Full leather binding (morocco to center panels of both boards, bordered in crushed morocco), tooled and ruled in gilt, with inside gilt dentelles. Gilt graphic of Eighth Infantry in gilt to front and rear boards. Five raised bands (six compartments) Owner’s name stamped in gilt to front board of both volumes, and a total of four inked stamp signatures throughout both volumes to presentee, a "Brevet Major" -- an inconsequential honorific with nothing but the name -- but later) promoted to colonel in the 8th infantry. All edges gilt. Light foxing to endpapers. Some scuffing and several small isolated nicks, with light wear to extremities and corners nudged. Some light cracking to spine caps, as usual, but overall bright and sturdy. Very Scarce. Very Good. Item #75724
A lively narrative told in a compelling anectodal style. Volume I covers up to the ending of the Mexican War, including the Canadian Insurrection, Mississippi Expedition, campaign against the Florida Seminoles, service in Texas, Santa Fe, Monterey and numerous other battles. Volume 2 provides a history of New Mexico campaigns, the Navajo campaign, expedition to Yellowstone, activities in Wyoming, outlaws, and Indian campaigns in Texas and the Far West. Note: Wilhelm was an adjutant for the 8th infantry and also an amateur photographer, and made some tintype photographs of Indians in and around Fort Laramie, Wyoming in 1874.
James Judson Van Horn, to whom this history was presented (most likely before his promotion to Colonel was final?) graduated from West Point in 1858, and spent his entire career in the 8th Infantry. He was promoted to Major in 1879 and Lieutenant Colonel in 1885. In those years he was stationed in Wyoming, the Dakotas, Arizona, and New Mexico. He was promoted to Colonel and commander of the 8th Infantry in 1891, and remained in the west – Montana and Wyoming until the advent of the Spanish American War in April 1898 where He was "injured in disembarking before Santiago" (Cuba) in June, went on sick leave, and died at Fort D. A. Russell in August 1898.