by Whitman, Zachariah
WHITMAN, Zachariah G. Historical Sketch Of The Ancient And Honourable Artillery Company; From Its Formation in the Year 1637, to the Present Time. Compiled and Arranged From Ancient Records. Boston: By E. G. House, a Member, 1820. Scarce First Edition, printed and published under the patronage of the Company. Octavo, 6" x 9.5" in. Handsomely bound in period style half calf over marbled boards. 199 pages. First edition of this very scarce history of the oldest military organization in America, already nearly two hundred years old at the time of this publication. The Artillery Company was chartered by Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony for the training of militia. Many important Americans had been members; even by the time of this publication membership had included three governors, five deputy or lieutenant governors, judges of the Supreme and the Superior courts, attorneys general, senators, and members of the House of Representatives. "[This company] may be considered the germ from which all our military character in New England, if not in the United States, has sprung..." Some soiling; mild foxing and toning. All edges deckled. In better condition than most copies of this scarce text, which are typically found heavily foxed. A remarkably detailed account of the oldest military organization in America, making it a wonderful source for military scholars and American historians.
(Inventory #: 17220)