Colonel Blake was a lieutenant in the US Army and resigned his commission in 1889 after serving in the Apache Wars. He failed as a businessman in Grand Rapids and went to South Africa as a gold prospector. In 1899, when John McBride organised the Transvaal Irish Brigade for the Boers from the American Irish miners, Blake was appointed commander. But he was wounded quite early and Macbride took over. The brigade had its uses; it serviced Long Tom at Ladysmith and delayed the British advance on Pretoria by blowing bridges.
Inscription to Martin Joyce in prelims by author.
Angel Guardian Press. 1903. 411 pp with frontis and bw illustrations.
In original green boards with paste down photo and title on upper cover; gilt title on spine. The book is somewhat shaken with the hinges cracked but holding. Some foxing in front and rear.
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