GRAHAM, J. J., Lieut.-Col.
Elementary History of the Progress of the Art of War.
First edition. Uncommon. James John Graham, is a somewhat obscure figure. After passing out from Sandhurst in 1822 he served as judge-advocate in the West Indies, and briefly as an engineer. But between 1832 and 1835 he took civilian employment as secretary and treasurer to the South-Eastern Railway Company in England, and his only significant military service seems to have been as military secretary to Sir Robert Hussey Vivian, commander of the British “Turkish Contingent” in the Crimean War. His name is known to us today as the first translator of Clausewitz into English: his translation – with some revision – is still in print today. Interestingly he appears to make not a single reference to Clausewitz in the present work.
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