Washington, DC: Neale Co., 1900. 1st Edition. 8o. Good+. Item #14045
One of the more important first-hand Civil War navy histories, written by one of its more important participants.
Kell served aboard both Confederate Navy vessels "Alabama' and 'Sumter' under the Confederate Navy's most accomplished Captain, Marylander Raphael Semmes and participated in many important battles along the way
This particular copy of this scarce Civil War Confederate Navy memoir belonged to Leroy Stafford Boyd, with his signature on the front end paper and a handwritten note on the verso of the title page, also signed by Boyd, acknowledging his connection to the Kell family.
Boyd was influential in Louisiana politics during the first half of the 20th century and his father, Confederate Army officer Colonel David French Boyd, was the founder of Louisiana State University (LSU).
Illustrated tan cloth. Square Tight Binding. Clean interior. Title and spine in gilt, though largely faded. Outer pages with sporadic light foxing. Binding with mild wear including a short tear to the cloth along top spine edge. A handsome, scarce and desirable copy with fantastic associations to both the author and Louisiana State history.