Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865 by Margaret Leech, Book of the Month Edition, Circa 1989

Leech, Margaret. Reveille in Washington 1860-1865. New York: The American Past, 1989. Book of the Month Club edition. Introduction by James M. McPherson with original boards, dust jacket, and slipcase.

This Book of the Month Club edition of Reveille in Washington 1860-1865 by Margaret Leech was published in 1989 as part of the American Past Series. The edition, revised from its original 1941 edition, features an introduction by James M. McPherson and illustrations selected by Joan Paterson Kerr. The book features original publisher’s boards, dust jacket, and slipcase.

This novel details the tumultuous political and civil state of Washington, D.C. during the American Civil War. Margaret Leech describes a deeply divided city, focusing on everyday politics from gossip about Mary Todd Lincoln’s dresses to the realities of corpses littering the streets. The unfinished Washington was teeming with spies and continuously trying to keep up with the war as nearly every public building transformed into a hospital or prison. The novel, written in 1941, earned Leech her first of two Pulitzer Prizes making her the first woman to win a Pulitzer for history. Reveille in Washington is considered one of the most popular accounts of Washington, D.C. during the Civil War.


Overall near fine condition. The original red cloth boards feature a facsimile stamp of Margaret Leech’s signature on the cover. The spine has a blue stamp with silver embossing of the title and author information. The pages have deckled edges and are clean with no damage.

The original blue and gray dust jacket features a panoramic view of Washington in 1861. Dust jacket is in fine condition with no tears, creases or signs of wear. The original red cloth slipcase matches the boards. Case is in fine condition with a recess containing a reproduction painting of the city of Washington D.C. Cover has no notable damage.

Dimensions: 10" H x 7 1/4" W x 2" D (with slipcase)

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