Southwestern Historical Quarterly
may well rank as one of the best single-volume texts available
for a survey course in American history.
HAROLD S CHOEN.
The University of Texas.
Life and Memoirs of Emil Frederick Wurzbach, to which is
appended some Papers of John Meusebach. Translated
by Franz J. Dohmen. Yanaguana Society Publications.
Vol. III. (San Antonio, Texas: Yanaguana Society, 1937.
In the preface to the little volume here reviewed, Frederick C.
Chabot expresses the thanks of himself and of the Yanaguana
Society to Miss Fanny Wurzbach and Mr. John O. Meusebach,
both of San Antonio, "for their kind permission to copy and
publish the materials" therein presented. The book contains pri-
marily the memoirs of Emil Frederick Wurzbach, one of the two
sons of Jacob Daniel Wurzbach, an immigrant of the German
Emigration Society, who came to Texas in 1845.
The memoirs, which cover the period from 1845 to 1865, were
written in San Antonio in 1915. They deal with the arrival of
the Wurzbachs in Galveston in 1845 and their overland journey
from Indianola to Fredericksburg the next year. Wurzbach gives
an account of his stay with Major Robert S. Neighbors and of a
trip to Fort Graham on the Brazos. From 1851 to 1854 Wurzbach
was employed as a teamster between Corpus Christi and El Paso.
He saw the building of Fort Davis in the early fifties. In 1854
he joined Captain Pat Rogers' company of rangers, and the fol-
lowing year he became a government teamster. Very soon there-
after he got mixed up with a scheme to set up the Republic of
Sonora, and then became interested in mining in Sonora, but
found little gold. After driving teams again, he returned to San
Antonio in 1858. Soon afterwards he accompanied General Albert
Sidney Johnston on the Mormon expedition, and in 1859 con-
ducted a wagon train from Atchison to Salt Lake City. Early in
1862 he enlisted in the Confederate forces and saw service in the
States west of the Mississippi, finally receiving his honorable dis-
charge of date May 25, 1865.
The second part of the book contains translations by Dr. Franz
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101103/. Accessed January 25, 2015.