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The First Maine Heavy Artillery 1862-1865:. A History of Its Part and Place in the War for the Union, With an Outline of Causes of War and Its Results To Our Country.

Portland, ME: 1903. First Edition. Hardcover. Jonathan Prince Cilley was born in 1835 in Thomaston, ME. His father, Jonathan Cilley, was a Maine Representative when, on February 24, 1838, he was shot dead in a duel at the infamous Bladensburg, Maryland dueling grounds. This duel triggered the official (though not actual) end to duelling by act of Congress. He was widely considered a martyr in New England, and his death was one of the long chain of events that led to the Civil War. At the outbreak of the Civil War his son, J.P. Cilley, enlisted in the First Maine Cavalry and was made a captain, leaving at the end of the war a Brevet Brigadier-General. He was wounded three times during the war and received the brevet rank of brigadier general for bravery at the battles of Five Forks, Dinwiddie Courthouse and Appomattox. He was present at the surrender of General Lee's troops. After the war, he returned to Maine and practiced law, passing away in 1920. His brother is listed in this volume. A handsome copy inscribed by and from the library of a major figure in Maine's history and the Civil War. Very Good+. No DJ. Minor shelf wear, light sunning at spine, owner inscription on ffep and at bottom of text block, period newsclippings tipped in at ffeps (related toning), else tight, bright and unmarred. Purple cloth boards, gilt lettering, frontispiece. 8vo. 516pp. Illus. (b/w plates). Index. Tables. Errata. Item #3554

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