CHARLES KING. ALS: "Charles King", 1p, 5x3¼ card. Maison Flancher, West Allis, 1926 June 5. To General F.C. Best. Begins: "Dear Fred". In full: "While the Wisc-News Co.

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CHARLES KING. ALS: "Charles King", 1p, 5x3¼ card. Maison Flancher, West Allis, 1926 June 5. To General F.C. Best. Begins: "Dear Fred". In full: "While the Wisc-News Co. with Mr Robert at the head was to do the general invitation business for St John's High jinks Sunday afternoon I wish to jog the elbow of one or two special friends & of those you are whom'. You Know the way - and I never feel quite sure of the ground unless you are with or near me. Come if you can. Yours as ever." Charles King (1844-1933), the only American soldier to participate in five different Army campaigns over 70 years (from the Civil War to WWI), wrote over 60 books and published over 250 short stories based on his experiences. Although his best known book was Campaigning With Crook (1890), based on his journals with the U.S. Army's Big Horn and Yellowstone Expeditions of 1876, King generally wrote "military romances" with backdrops of the Western frontiers, the Civil War and the Spanish Philippines. King, who began his military career during the Civil War, was appointed to West Point by President Abraham Lincoln. He engaged in frontier duty from 1874-1877, and was severely wounded at Sunset Pass, Arizona Territory in 1874. He was recommissioned as Brigadier General of Volunteers during the Spanish-American War, and was in Manila to assist in the Spanish surrender of the Philippines. Later, as a member of the Wisconsin National Guard, King trained troops for battle in the Great War. The books of King, who had the unique distinction of being the first person to author books by dictating into a sound recording machine, include Famous and Decisive Battles (1884), Marion's Faith (1885) and The Deserter (1887). Many of his works were illustrated by Frederic Remington. Lightly soiled, touching signature. Stray ink blots at upper left margin. Overall, fine condition.

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