The Rival Volunteers; or The Black Plume Rifles by Mary A. Howe / 1st Ed 1864. This is a very hard to find Civil War Novel written by a female author. Very little information can be located about the author.
Except that she was from Boston and wrote another novel entitled: Merchant-Mechanic: A Tale of the New England Athens. Howe dedicated the book to her brother, who was serving as a volunteer in the Massachusetts First Regiment; she writes that These pages are affectionately inscribed, with a sister's earnest assurance that not alone our country's brave defenders suffer in this our hour of national anguish; but that many who obey no bugle call, listen to no cannon's roar, bear, nevertheless, their full share in the nation's sorrow, through lasting ties of kindred and of sympathy. There is some foxing / browning on the pages, the leather hardcover has some fraying on the edges. There is one page that is slightly wider than the others and has some wrinkling edges (additional photo included to show).
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