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History of the Albany Penitentiary
, 1867. 1867. First Edition . Signed. (PILSBURY, Amos) DYER, David. History of the Albany Penitentiary. Albany: Joel Munsell, 1867. Octavo, original plain paper wrappers, printed paper spine label. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $2200.First edition of this history of the Albany penitentiary, the copy of President Rutherford B. Hayes with his owner signature ""R.B. Hayes"" on the title page, in original wrappers, inscribed by the first warden of the penitentiary on the front wrapper, ""With respects of Amos Pilsbury.""""As prison populations steadily increased after the Battle of Gettysburg, it became apparent to Federal officials that the combination of original and reactivated prison facilities was unable to hold the number of captives coming into Union handsÂ… In the meantime, a number of eastern state penitentiaries were pressed into use. These places seemed ideal for a number of reasons: they were close to a recent battlefield, they had the additional space available, and in some cases, they had the additional security that was necessary. Some of the major locations used were the Allegheny Penitentiary at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Moyamensing Penitentiary at Philadelphia; the Albany Penitentiary in New York; and the Ohio State Penitentiary at Columbus"" (Speer, Portals to Hell: Military Prisons of the Civil War, 5). Some soiling and light wear to original wrappers and spine ends. A desirable Presidential association copy.
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