This work was printed quickly.  Note on the title page where it is noted that sections not of use to soldiers in the field have been omitted.  Also this edition came out before the Confederate Uniform Regulations were adopted so they are not included as well. The book has the original binding with leather spine and marbleized paper covered boards.  The binding is tight and there is some foxing. 

    Inscribed on the front free endpaper are the names of two owners of this particular copy.  The first in ink, is that of Gill A. Cary:  "G.A. Cary/ Old Dominion Dragoons/ Cavalry Regime nt"  Thirty-year old Cary, a druggist by trade enlisted as a second Lieutenant in Co "B" ( Old Dominion Dragoons), 3rd Virginia Cavalry, on May 14, 1861 and served for a time as acting assistant adjutant general of the Cavalry, Army of the Peninsula.  He survived the war and died in 1880.  The second name , directly below the first, in pencil is that of Col. Robert Johnston / CS Army"  Johnston (1830-1902), an 1850 graduate of the US Military Academy, began his military career as a first Lieutenant in the US army serving on serving  frontier duty with the US 1st Dragoons.  He resigned his commission and enlisted as a captain in the 3rd Virginia Cavalry on May 22, 1861.  Less than one month later, he was elected colonel and by April 1862 was in command of all cavalry for the Army of the Peninsula.  He was not reelected by the men and was reduced to the rank of Captain May 28,1862.  He was paroled on April 16, 1865