PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF GENERAL OF THE ARMY PHILLIP H.
SHERIDAN – FIRST EDITION 1888 – PERSONAL COPIES OF
CAPTAIN (LATER GENERAL) THEODORE J. WINT – WOUNDED
VETERAN OF SANTIAGO, CUBA, 10TH US CAVALRY -
TWO VOLUME SET EXCELLENT CONDITION: A very
special historical offering, this two volume set
entitled “Personal Memoirs of General of the Army
Phillip H. Sheridan”, is one of the less common US Army
military memoirs of the 19th Century. Adding
to the value of these volumes, this set was the personal
property of then Captain Theodore Jonathan Wint,
apparently acquired when he was stationed at the
Jeffersonville Barracks in December of 1888, shortly
after the memoirs were released for sale.
Born in Pennsylvania in March of 1845,
Theodore Jonathan Wint first saw service as a
private in the Sixth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry,
enlisting in 1861 and honorably mustered out of service
as a First Lieutenant in November of 1864. He then
enlisted in the regular army as a private in February of
1865, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the
Fourth US Cavalry Regiment on November 24 of that year.
the ranks through his service during the Indian Wars,
Wint was subsequently promoted to major in May of 1892.
He was assigned as a staff officer to the 10th
Regiment of Cavalry, and served with that regiment in
Cuba, most notably at the Battle of San Juan Hill, and
then at the Siege of Santiago where he was wounded,
suffering a gunshot in his thigh from a Spanish Mauser
rifle. Wint survived the wounding, continuing his
career in the army completing assignments with the
occupation forces in Cuba, then onto the Philippine
Islands during the Insurrection, and eventually service
In 1880, Wint
married Lydia Porter Bullis, sister of a fellow officer
John Bullis, famous for his actions as chief of scouts
in west Texas and his service under General McKenzie.
General Wint passed away in Philadelphia in March of
1907 and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
He was scheduled to retire in 1909 and was months away
from his final promotion to Major General.
Upon Wint’s death, Secretary of War William Howard Taft,
eulogized him as "...a quiet man who did things." In
his biography My Life Before the War, fellow 10Th
Cavalry officer John J. Pershing provided a colorful,
and somewhat tongue in cheek, anecdote about Wint.
Recalling that during the Civil War, Wint had been
wounded in one leg which resulted in a bit of limp,
Pershing stated that the wounding of Wint’s other leg in
Cuba evened up his gait.
Given the era and scope of Wint’s army service up to the
publishing date of General Sheridan’s memoirs, it is
little wonder that he purchased a copy for his personal
library. Not only was the subject matter of interest to
a professional soldier, but it would be hard to argue
that such a purchase would be anything but a good
investment in a young officer’s career in the small
community of the army of the day.
Published in 1888 by Charles Webster of New York, this
First Edition two volume set is hardbound in green cloth
with gilt lettering on the cover and spine. Volume One
covers the early years of General Sheridan’s life and
antebellum frontier experiences, and features as a
frontispiece a photograph of Sheridan as a second
lieutenant. Volume Two covers his Civil War experiences
and his rise in the command structure of the Indian War
era army, with the frontispiece featuring a photograph
of Sheridan at the rank of Lt. General.
General Sheridan needs little, if any, introduction to
students and collectors of Civil War and Indian War
history. Apparently quite popular when first published,
the General’s life story is closely woven into the
fabric of some of the most difficult periods in our
nation’s history up to that point, and these volumes
continue to enjoy a following today among modern
Both volumes are inscribed in ink on the front flyleaf
with the legend, “Capt. Theo J. Wint, Jefferson
Barracks, Mo., Dec 10th, 1888”. Both
volumes are in like condition, showing minimal wear to
the covers, a solid spine and binding, no loose,
missing, or damaged pages, with smooth leaf edges.
Overall, this set can easily be rated as very good.
A fairly scarce set in their own right, these two
volumes have the added historical significance of being
owned by a well known, successful professional soldier
of the period who was held in high regard by his peers
and who participated in some of the most notable
engagements that occurred during the period of his
service. This is a very special set to have survived
with both volumes intact and together, and will be a
remarkable addition to your library and, or, your
collection. (0966) $850
NOTE: A quantity of
biographical information concerning the life of General
Wint, including copies of the photographs shown in this
listing, will accompany the sale of this set.