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D. H. Mahan / [Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard
A TREATISE ON FIELD FORTIFICATION, CONTAINING INSTRUCTIONS ON THE METHODS OF LAYING OUT, CONSTRUCTING, DEFENDING AND ATTACKING INTRENCHMENTS, WITH THE GENERAL OUTLINES ALSO OF THE ARRANGEMENT, THE ATTACK AND DEFENCE OF PERMANENT FORTIFICATIONS
Wiley and Putnam, 1846. Hard Cover. Second Edition. Signed. General Pierre Toutant-Beauregard's copy of Mahan's Treatise on Field Fortification. Dated in General Beauregard's hand "New Orleans, November 26, 1846", this copy was with him in New Orleans and thereafter Tampico, Mexico. Trained as a civil engineer at West Point, it was in 1846 that he was sent with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as an engineer on the staff of Gen. Scott during the Mexican-American War. He had studied civil engineering under Mahan, and undoubtedly wished to bring the most recent and revised reference text by his teacher with him on his first real tour of duty. With a few annotations and field calculations in Beauregard's own hand on the front flyleaf, endpaper, and a few other pages; the front flyleaf details his journey on the USS Massachusetts bound for Tampico. Complete with twelve folding plates. The Second Edition of this, "the standard work on this subject carried into the field by United States officers in both the Mexican and Civil wars" (DAB XII, 111). Some foxing and toning to the text, as well as dampstaining to the top or bottom edge throughout, perhaps from exposure to wartime conditions. Green cloth with gilt lettering and embossed decorations. Signed "G. T. Beauregard | Corps of Engineers | Tampico | Mexico". (DAB II, 111 | DAB XII, 209-210). Good binding. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
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