The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908

Book Reviews and Notices.

BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES.
A useful aid for students of the Mexican War of Independence
is being published in the Anales del Museo Nacional de M&xico. It
is an alphabetical index to the materials contained in the Colecci6n
de Documentos para la. Historia de la Guerra de Independencia de
Mexico, de 1808 4 1821. Students would be grateful if some
agency like the Anales would undertake the work of publishing
indexes to a number of other standard books on Mexican history
that were issued before the day when it came to be considered un-
pardonable to publish historical works without these helps.
H. E. B.
Memoirs, with Special Reference to Secession and the Civil War.
By John H. Reagan, LL. D. Edited by Walter Flavius McCaleb,
Ph. D., with introduction by Professor George P. Garrison. (New
York and Washington: The Neale Publishing Company. 1906.
Pp. 351.)
Not only Texans, but students of American history everywhere
have welcomed the appearance of these "Memoirs" of a life of
nearly sixty years of distinguished public service. Judge Reagan
was a man of remarkable abilities, and his opportunities for inter-
esting experiences and for first-hand historical information of the
period covered by his life had been greater than those of almost
any of his surviving contemporaries.
The first fourth of the book is taken up with an account of the
author's early struggles with poverty, his journey from Tennessee
to Texas in 1839, at the age of twenty-one, and his experiences
as surveyor, lawyer, legislator, and congressman in the new coun-
try. The greater part of the rest is devoted to matters relating to
the Civil War. This is, perhaps, as it should be, for, though his
services since that time have been many and important, the fact
that he was the last surviving member of the cabinet of Jefferson
Davis, and had been in close personal relations with all the promi-

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