Valiant Virginian: Story of Presley Neville O'Bannon, 1776-1850, to Which is Added the O'Bannon Family - Trudy J. Sundberg and John K. Gott. “There is a true story about a handsome, young Virginia, Presley Neveille O’Bannon, which involved the Barbary Coast in Africa, a 700-mile march across the sinister Barca Desert in Libya, and the strange Tripolitan War.” Thus opens this inspired text, a study of P.N. O’Bannon, a truly valiant Marine who was the first man to raise the American flag, in victory, on foreign soil. O’Bannon made his military name in the Tripolitan War campaigns of the early 1800s, in the Mediterranean. After a short but glorious military career, O’Bannon moved into politics, and also real estate. Living to be seventy-four, he embodied the honor, valor, and charisma that define the detailed photographs and illustrations really do bring this version to life. The second half of the book is devoted to the genealogy of the O’Bannon family. Beginning with a brief history of “The Northern Neck of Virginia,” the text then delves into the genealogy of one of that area’s early settlers, Bryan O’Bannon. Beginning with the Irishman’s arrival in America in the early eighteenth century, the text traces his family through its current and ninth generation. Arranged in the NGS System. (1994), 2007, 8½x11, paper, 158 pp.