(Rutland, Vermont): (1861-83).
Hardcover. An original albumen print of the celebrated Union Army officer William Y.W. Ripley, together with a handsome first edition copy of his *History of Company F, First United States Sharp Shooters*. Ripley was wounded and later received the Medal of Honor for heroism as second in command of the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters at the Battle of Malvern Hill (July 1, 1862). Born in Middlebury, Vermont, Ripley first served as a Lieutenant in the Rutland Light Guards (1858). In May, 1861 he entered the Union Army for the Civil War as Captain and commander of the Rutland Light Guards, which was mustered in as Company K, 1st Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment. In the fall of 1861 Ripley joined the 1st United States Sharpshooters as Lieutenant Colonel and second in command. He fought in several battles, including the Battle of Malvern Hill, where at a crucial juncture, he returned to the rear to gathered reserves which he led into battle. He fought until he was seriously wounded in the leg.
The oval albumen photograph of Ripley was taken in 1861, when he was serving as Captain of the Rutland Light Guards. It measures about 5.25" x 7.5", and has two small paper strips mounted at the top and bottom of the print: “Captain William Y.W. Ripley, Rutland Lt. Guard” and “Berdan’s Sharp Shooters.” Housed in an oval wood frame, matted and glazed. A bright, near fine image in a very good frame with rubbing and scattered scratches to the original silver opaque surface of the frame. (Not examined out of the frame).
The first edition of Ripley’s book was published in Rutland, Vermon by Tuttle & Co. Printers in 1883. Octavo. [1-3] 4-204pp. Bound in publisher’s green cloth, stamped in black and gold on the front board. With the bookplate of Vermont author and editor Marius B. Peladeau on the front pastedown. Corners are bumped, small number stamp on the verso of the title page and bottom margin of the final page, a bookplate neatly removed from the back pastedown as evidenced by a rectangular patch of light toning and light surface tears to the pastedown, else still a handsome, near fine copy. A nice association and historically important pair of items.