The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912

Book Reviews and Notices

the narrative reflects the experiences of the private in the ranks
more than that of the officer, and is not the less interesting for
doing that; but still it presents a fairly adequate view of the
general problems of the several campaigns and thus gives to the
work of the brigade its proper setting. The author's happy style
has made the book very readable, very unlike the great bulk of
regimental and brigade histories that are content with little more
than muster rolls and the bare recital of marches and battles
and losses. Humor and tragedy are mingled in genuine reflec-
tion of the life of the camp; but tragedy predominates, for we
know that the ever-decimating regiments are fighting against in-
evitable defeat. He must be phlegmatic, indeed, who can fol-
low without a thrill of wonder and admiration this intimate story
of the weary marches, the perilous skirmishes, and the desperate
charges of those poorly clad and poorly fed troops, and of the
splendid fighting spirit they maintained throughout it all from
Eltham's Landing to Appomattox.
The volume is illustrated with some twenty portraits, chiefly
of survivors of the brigade. It contains at the end two lists:
one of all officers and men who were enlisted in the Texas regi-
ments during the war, another, in painful contrast, the meager
remnant that surrendered at Appomattox.
CHAs. W. RAMSDELL.
A Texas Pioneer. By August Santleben, edited by I. D.
Affieck. [New York and Washington: The Neale Publishing
Company, 1910. Pp. 321.]
The parents of August Santleben came to Texas from Germany
in 1845, when he was only a few months old. He grew up on
the frontier near Castroville and served as a mail-carrier, a pri-
vate in E. J. Davis's regiment-the First Texas (Union) Cav-
alry-1863-1865, as a stage driver, 1866-1867, and as a freight-
contractor between San Antonio and Monterey, Saltillo and Chi-
huahua, 1867-1877. In later years he has been engaged in busi-
ness and politics in San Antonio.
His autobiography, though concerned chiefly with personal ex-
periences, nevertheless, presents an interesting picture of the ante-
railroad days on both sides of the Rio Grande, and especially of

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