New York, NY: D. Appleton & Company, 1861. Second Edition with Critical Notes. Hard Cover. Good. Item #27213
440 pages + (12) plates at back + (12) pages of publishers' advertisements. This is the author's updated edition printed at the outset of the Civil War, with the critical notes on the Mexican and Crimean War conflicts, which had taken place after the first edition of 1846. Henry Wager Halleck (1815 - 1872) American soldier, author, and businessman; graduate of West Point, "...the army sent him on a six-month inspection trip of the harbor defenses of France in 1844-1845. On his return he delivered a series of lectures on military theory at the Lowell Institute of Boston. These were published in 1846 as Elements of Military Art and Science. In them, Halleck expounded the importance of concentration, interior lines of communication, and maneuver and argued that the occupation of key places was more advantageous to victory than the destruction of the enemy's army. An updated edition, published in 1861, became a standard reference manual for volunteer officers in the Civil War...recognized as a man of great intellect. Nicknamed "Old Brains," he brought professionalism and organization to an army saddled with political appointments and militia mentality. He correctly placed priority on the war in the West, and made every effort to initiate and sustain simultaneous advances across a broad front..." (Herman Hattaway and Michael D. Smith in the ANB) Front endpaper with the previous owner name of Civil War veteran George Brush M.D., U.S. Navy; in service as a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894 and with his small book-number ticket. Approx. 5 1/2" x 8" size; bound in the original publishers' pebble-textured brown cloth, gilt spine titles (dulled). A little edge, tips wear and fading to the cloth; occasional light spotting, more so on the plates; in very good condition.