Reviews and Notices
ment of broad and scholarly criticism. It is intended solely as a
vindication of a leader whose "disregard of the Constitution was
a statesmanlike and noble contempt for the restrictions, of a parch-
ment that stood in the way of his country's realizing its highest
moral ideals," whose part it was "to press forward without regard
to squeamish scruples about the Constitution" (P. 237.)
CIAS. W. IRAMSDELL.
Lieutenant General Jubal Anderson Early, C. S. A. Autobio-
graphical sketch and Narrative of the War between the States.
With notes by R. H. Early. (Philadelphia and London: J. B.
Lippincott Company, 1912. Pp. xxvi, 496.)
General Early began the writing of these memoirs very soon after
the close of the war and, according to the editor, continued to
work at. the task until his death in 1894. He was born in Vir-
ginia in 1816, graduated at West Point in 1837, resigned from the
army to practice law, volunteered and served in the war with
Mexico, and again returned to the practice of law in Franklin
County, Virginia. He was a Whig, and voted against the ordi-
nance of secession in the Virginia convention in 1861. Immediately
thereafter he received a colonel's commission from the State and
shortly afterwards from the Confederacy. He participated in the
battle of Bull Run and in nearly all the subsequent campaigns of
the army under the command of Joseph E. Johnston and Lee.
His narrative aims to give in a general way the operations of
the armies, but is mostly confined in detail to the work of his own
command and of those acting immediately with him. The gen-
eral background, the larger strategic problems of the campaigns,
are not always made clear enough for the general reader, but the
immediate operations and battle experiences of his own command
are set forth in photographic clearness of detail. Sometimes, in
fact, the details of position and movement are abundant to the
border of confusion and leave the reader constantly longing for
a map. There are no maps of any sort in the book.
Generally the tone is calm and judicial. General Early refused
to be drawn into the unfortunate controversies that arose between
certain of the Confederate commanders; but he undertakes to re-
fute, with evident repression of natural asperity, some of the com-
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101061/. Accessed March 14, 2014.