Item #28495 Surry of Eagle's Nest or The Memoirs of A Staff Officer Serving in Virginia. John Esten Cooke, from the MSS. of Colonel Surry edited.

Surry of Eagle's Nest or The Memoirs of A Staff Officer Serving in Virginia

Chicago: M. A. Donahue & Company, n.d.

Later printing. Hardcover. 12mo. [1], pages 9-484, [2] pages advertisements. Light gray cloth hardcover completely covered by a stitched homemade jacket with the title printed in ink on the front cover and spine. Gift inscription printed by Stephens Mitchell to his sons on front of the jacket - "To Eugene and Joseph Mitchell from Their Father Stephens Mitchell May 20 1936." May 1936 is the same month Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Stephens sister) was first published. "Millers Book Store Booksellers Atlanta Ga label" located bottom of the rear paste down. Fair. Item #28495

Provenance from the estate of the Mitchell family in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stephens Mitchell (1896-1983) was the son of Eugene Muse Mitchell and Isabel "Maybelle" (Stephens) Mitchell. He was born 1896 in Atlanta. His sister was Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind. Stephens Mitchell attended the University of Georgia and was a prominent Atlanta attorney, historian, and devout Catholic. He also edited the Atlanta Historical Bulletin. After John Marsh, husband of Margaret, died in 1952 Stephens became the executor of Margaret Mitchell's estate. Stephens Mitchell died in 1983 and the estate was passed on to his two sons Eugene Muse Mitchell II and Joseph Reynolds Mitchell.

Margaret Mitchell once wrote Harry Stillwell Edwards "...Mr. Edwards, you are one of the very few people who are clever enough to see my source material, one of the few who realize how the back ground of my book developed. Yes, I have read most of the old memoirs I could lay my hands on. Not recently, perhaps but from my childhood. I was raised on "Surry of Eagle's Nest" and the "War Time Diary of a Georgia Girl" and other books of that type when most children were reading "Peter Rabbit" and the "Rover Boys.' (Source: M.M. GWTH Letters Edited by R. Harwell 1976).

Price: $250.00