The Darkest Day: 1814 -- The Washington-Baltimore Campaign. Charles G. MULLER.
The Darkest Day: 1814 -- The Washington-Baltimore Campaign.

The Darkest Day: 1814 -- The Washington-Baltimore Campaign.

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, [1963]. Hardcover. 8vo. Orange cloth with silver lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 232pp. 5 maps. Very good/very good. Binding spine faintly sunned; jacket lightly edgeworn. Item #45208

Bright and attractive first edition of this volume in editor Hanson W. Baldwin's "Great Battles of History" series -- with choice autograph addition: Tipped to inner flyleaf is a great content Typed Letter Signed from Baldwin, 1p, 8" X 11", New York, NY, 19 October no year [likely 1963]. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93), noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar. Very good. Original folds. On "Great Battles of History" letterhead, Baldwin sends this officer of the New York City Civil War Round Table "regret I have never been able to attend," then chats about the publishing schedule for his "Great Battles of History" series. In part: "T. Harry Williams is doing Shiloh for us... We hope to get Clifford Dowdey to do Cold Harbor, but he has such a press of work we are not sure. So far, no other Civil War battles, but this is an open-end series, and later when some of the current 'edge' is 'off', we shall probably contract for other battles. But right now, we can't; we have some seventeen authors signed up doing battles from Cannae to Vietnam." Signed boldly in full in blue ballpoint. A superb letter with fine "insider" comments. Baldwin (1903-91) won a Pulitzer Prize in 1943 for his war reporting, served as military editor for "The New York Times" and authored many books on military history.

Price: $75.00

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