Peter Johnson

Author of the novel Grant's Indian
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THE “SHOULDER STRAP” SET OF CIVIL WAR BOOKS

The books on the shelf above are an almost-complete set of the “shoulder strap” set published by Mark Twain’s company, Charles L. Webster, 1885-1891. The 10-volume set consists of Grant, Memoirs (2 vols.) 1885, McClellan’s Own Story (1 vol.) 1887, Hancock, Reminiscences (1 vol.) 1887, Crawford, Genesis of the Civil War (1 vol.) 1887, Sheridan, Memoirs (2 vols.) 1888, Custer, Tenting on the Plains (1 vol.) 1889, Sherman, Memoirs (2 vols.) 1891.

My grandfather Charles Johnson collected these volumes as they were published, except the Custer, which I acquired later. The Hancock and Crawford volumes are in a different binding than the uniform “shoulder strap” green, the Crawford in leather and the Hancock strapless. These books have been in my family for over a hundred years, and I would love to complete the set by adding the green, strapped Crawford and Hancock.