New York: Harper & Brothers, 1914. First Edition. Octavo. Item #026072
xix, 534 pages, John Allen Wyeth (1845-1922) joined the Confederate Cavalry of Nathan Bedford Forest, CWB, I, 183. He was taken prisoner in October 1863 and released in April 1865. He studied medicine under Dr. James M. Jackson of Guntersville, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 1869 and received further training at Bellevue Medical College. He founded the New York Polyclinic Medical School then went back "to record from personal observation something of the social, economic and political conditions which prevailed in the South before, during and immediately after the Civil War." Wyeth describes Southern life, particularly in Alabama, touching on issues of education, social class, abolition, and slavery; his writing style includes both vignettes and short opinionated essays. Following a discussion of antebellum politics. Wyeth also tells of his experiences during the Civil War as a scout patrol of a detachment of Morgan's Cavalry. The text continues with a discussion of Wyeth's career as a doctor and concludes with his family's genealogy. Map of the Battle of Chickamauga. Bound in red cloth spine lettered and decorated in silver and gilt, light wear to spine ends and corners. A very nice copy.