William Gilham was an instructor was a instructor at VMI. Just before the war, he published this work, which covers infantry, cavalry and artillery drill. It is quite a comprehensive work - combining the three branches and with large portions from the army regulations. At the start of the war William Gilham was an instructor at Virginia Military Institute. Early in the war he and many of his staff and cadets came to Richmond and trained volunteers.
This edition was printed in Richmond in 1861 and was widely used throughout the south. The book shows discoloration to the outside surfaces of the book. The binding is solid and tight. The pages have some foxing. There is a nice ink inscription in the front which reads:
" S A Sellers
Co I 10th Rgt. Va Vol"
Samuel Sellers enlisted 18 April 1861. He was promoted to 1st Sgt on April 18, 1861 and to first Lt. On April 23, 1861 and Captain 14 January 1863. He was killed in action May 5, 1864 during the battle of the Wilderness.