The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933

Book Reviews and Notices

Land Office of Texas, and the skilled assistance of Miss Harriet
Smither, Archivist of the Texas State Library.
It is to be regretted that Mr. Kemp's manuscript was not pub-
lished as he compiled it, with citation of authorities for each
sketch. This reviewer would prefer also a strictly alphabetical
arrangement of the sketches instead of the organization by military
units. This objection is partially met, however, by the index. The
dedication is by way of being a literary curiosity: "To the mem-
ory of Philip Walker, who did not reach San Jacinto until the day
after the battle, and of those other brave men, the sick and wounded
and the guards who were left behind at Harrisburg"-and neither
Philip Walker nor "those other brave men" appear among the
sketches nor in the index, though the Harrisburg units are listed
without verification on pages 453-454.
The book is genuinely interesting from many angles. Aside
from its primary characteristic as a mine of biographical and
genealogical information, it sheds light on an antiquarian his-
torical problem of some importance. It used to be asserted, and
probably was believed by some historians, that two hundred soldiers
from the United States army fought at San Jacinto. If one knew
when each of the San Jacinto veterans entered Texas, when he
enlisted, how long he served, and how long he remained in Texas
after the battle, one would be in a position to deny or verify this
ancient assertion with a fair degree of certainty. The book does not
give all the information necessary for a determination of the ques-
tion, but that which is given tends apparently to disprove the
assertion.
EUGENE C. BARKER.
A Social and Political History of Texas. By Lewis W. Newton
and Herbert P. Gambrell. (The Southwest Press. Dallas,
1932. Pp. xvi, 422.)
The long felt need for a manual that would be brief enough for
easy consultation of basic facts, that would present the whole history
of the state from the early Spanish days to the present in more or
less proper proportions, and that would incorporate the results of
the extensive and intensive research of the last thirty years, dis-

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