Hardcover. Very Good. Item #002149
Chicago: Privately Printed, 1920. First Edition. Signed by Blatchford's mother on front free endpaper with inscription "Presented to J. Francis Gregory by the mother of E. Huntington Blatchford. Mr. Blatchford was a classmate of Mr. Gregory at Amherst College and was the leading spirit in his election to the position of class orator at the Commencement."
Octavo; 176pp. Illustrations with captioned tissue guards throughout. Beige cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering and border. Boards bumped at corners and spine ends, with some general soiling and smudging to cloth. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Eliphalet Huntington Blatchford was one of seven children of E.W. Blatchford, a Chicago manufacturer and philanthropist, who served both as President of the Chicago Theological Seminary and as Chairman of the Newberry Library's board of trustees. The younger Blatchford served in the U.S. Calvary, stationed for six months in Manila. His recollections of the Spanish-American War first appeared as "A Trooper's Diary" in The Outlook, comprise (with additions) nearly 100 pages of this volume, along with 60 or additional pages of letters.
Signee J. Francis Gregory, the son of Howard University Dean James Monroe Gregory, followed his father's educational calling as both a Presbyterian Minister and as Vice-Principal of the Bordentown School. While at Amherst, Gregory became the first African American to be elected captain of a baseball team in an eastern college.