With tipped in signed letter by the author (ALS). New York and Washington: The Neale Publishing Company, 1907.
First Edition. Hardcover. 12mo. 124 pages. Light gray cloth hardcover bordered in red on the covers. Gilt stamped title on the front cover and spine. Fading to the cloth. Some light superficial rubs to the cloth on the front cover. Light edge wear to the cloth extremities. Front hinge starting to pull. Occasional brown spots to the text. Tipped in signed author letter (ALS) on the front paste down. Previous owner inscription of - "CH Mason 1907" located on the right front flyleaf. A few pages have commentary notes in the margins.
Dornbusch III 1687; Nevins I page 42. Good. Item #15849
A tipped in 2 page letter on the front paste down is dated December 31st, 1907 and written from Willis Hill, Fredericksburg Virginia. It is addressed to "My Dear Charley". This letter is signed "Sincerely Yours Chas. Richardson." Richardson is grateful to here from Charley and writes about Charley's neat hand writing, his lovely wife "Elvira" and the pains of growing old. Richardson remarks, "Every morning I rise at dawn and prepare a Cup of Coffee which having imbibed, I proceed to read and write. I read no trash - such as News Papers and Magazines and New Novels. I live on memories and Bad old books and in this I am only different from the young people in that, they have nothing to remember and no taste for the old things..." Richardson signs off the letter by stating "The New Years Card is tasteful and appropriate." On the blank side of the letter is a pencil note "Letter from author of "The Chancellorsville Campaign" - Col Charles Richardson Confederate States Army [Artillery Corps] CHM" CHM apparently is the same person who inscribed his name on the right front flyleaf. A note written in pencil at the bottom of the right front flyleaf appears also to be in the same hand as C H Mason and reads, "?(first word not legible) The oil painting - "Lee at Fredericksburg was executed by Maj John A. Elder Confederate States Army (Artillery) of Fredericksburg". Other notes are written in the margins of page 106 and a short line on page 117 all pertaining to the battle.
From Mercer Square Word Press, March, 2015 - "The Richardson House is gone. The National Park Service (NPS) recently removed the structure that once sat atop Willis Hill. This post-Civil War structure has had a varied history. It was originally constructed sometime between 1882 and 1889 by Colonel Charles Richardson. During the Battles of Fredericksburg both December 13, 1862 and May 3, 1863, this was the site of Squires Battery, officially titled the 1st Company of the Washington Artillery from Louisiana. According to C. Geier, et al, in their Cultural Resource Assessment of the Willis Parcel conducted for the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in 2002, “the most direct impact to the 18th and 19th century site remains was attributed to the Charles Richardson period of occupation and the construction of his new home. Landscaping associated with Richardson’s efforts to convert the battlefield altered the tract into a socially presentable residence for his family. This included the substantive removal of the military shelter trenches, enclosure and burial of the artillery lunettes, and conversion of the area enclosing the 18th and 19th century domestic remains into a well landscaped yard area showing no evidence of the earlier structures.”.