Richmond, VA: Whittet & Shepperson, 1932.
Folio. Hard Cover. First Edition. In June of 1932 a small group of surviving Confederate veterans gathered in their old capitol for the 42nd annual reunion of the United Confederate Veterans. An aged group by this time, it was generally considered that this would be their last parade. Freeman wrote a commemorative editorial in the Richmond paper, taking special pains to make it a labor of love. “Today the city has its last review. The armies of the south will march our streets no more. It is the rearguard, engaged with death, that passes now.” David Johnson writes in his biography, Douglas Southall Freeman: “Freeman titled the piece “The Last Parade” and placed it in the paper on the final day of the reunion. It unexpectedly became his fourth published work. The Richmond publishing firm of Whittet & Shepperson printed the editorial in a handsomely crafted book, complete with pictures of Confederate statues on Monument Avenue. Only five hundred copies were printed and, after they were on the market for a short time, Freeman bought the remaining copies and presented them through the years as gifts to friends and associates” (p. 118). ~This copy is from the estate of Dr. Freeman’s daughter, and was one of Dr. Freeman’s copies direct from the publisher, for distribution to his friends. Rick Harwell calls this a “[m]oving tribute by the premier historian of the Confederacy”, and it enjoys similar accolades in the Nevins bibliography. With mounted frontispiece and plates of the Confederate generals’ statues on Monument Avenue in Richmond. ~Book has plain paper publisher’s wrapper; the notoriously fragile box has cracking and loss to the edges. The book itself, and the publisher’s wrapper, are Fine. (Nevins II, 14; In Tall Cotton 60).
Fine binding / Fine dust jacket.