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Collection Reference Number GLC00768.01
From Archive Folder Collection of 2 documents pertaining to Herman Melvill 
Title Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War
Date 1866
Author Melville, Herman (1819-1891)  
Document Type Book
Content Description First edition of Melville's only book of poetry. Inscribed on initial blank facing the title page: "Major Edward Y. Lansing from H. Melville. As a souvenir of his soldier hospitality at the cavalry camp in the Virginia woods, April 1864." Also inscribed by Lansing in pencil on page 187 above the poem "The Scout toward Aldis": "Major Edwin Y. Lansing's cavalry camp in the Virginia woods, April 1864." In April, 1864 Melville and his brother obtained a pass to visit the front to search for their cousin, Colonel Henry Gansevoort. Melville met Lansing in a scouting party he and his brother accompanied, and experienced a brief skirmish with the enemy.
Subjects Poetry  Literature and Language Arts  Art, Music, Theater, and Film  Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  
People Melville, Herman (1819-1891)  Lansing, Edwin Y. (fl. 1878-1892)  
Place written New York, New York
Theme Reconstruction; Arts & Literature
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Additional Information Notes: Bookplate of Richard Maney. Green fine pebble cloth. In 12s. BAL 13673; Leyda, Melville Log 667-8; Sadleir, Excursions 232.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945