The Love Life of Brig. Gen. Henry M. Naglee consisting of a Correspondence on Love, War and Politics
(Mary L. Schnell)

The Love Life of Brig. Gen. Henry M. Naglee consisting of a Correspondence on Love, War and Politics

(California): 1867. First edition Presumed first edition. No publisher or place of publication but the copyright page states that the work was enetered in the District Court for the District of California. Title page and introduction dated 1867. Octavo hardcover in Union blue cloth with spine lettered and decorated in gilt. Frontis portrait engraving of Gen. Naglee. x+182 pp. Good, shaken and with scattered foxing as it appeared to be a somewhat primitively produced book, staining to the lower quadrant of the rear cover. Philadelphia born Henry Morris Naglee (1815-1886) graduated with the West Point Class of 1835. He went to California in 1846 as an officer in the Mexican-American War. In California, he began his career as a banker and vintner and , with the outbreak of the Civil War, reentered the Army and became a brigadier general. Though he and his tropps fought valiantly, after the Battle if Fair Oaks, he wrote letters that increased his role in the battle causing a scandal. He was no stranger to scandal---Mary Schnell, whom he had met in 1858 while married to a descendant of James Monroe and with whom he corresponded during the war, published his letters semi-anonymously in this book. In the unsigned introduction, she writes, that the letters are "..better suited for the 'loved one's' ear than for public examination. These letters would never have been published but for the pressure of circumstances. A suit for breach of promise was, some time since, instituted by the lady against the "General", but her delicate and refined nature dreading to pass the ordeal of a public trial... resolved to withdraw the prosecution and (by the advice of friends) publsh these letters in vindication of the honesty of her cause.." Very Good Hardcover (Item ID: E22390)

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