The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939

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in its relation to the colonies, and the eleventh is an exposition
of England's attempt to enforce her colonial policy.
It is interesting to note that Professor Andrews does not allow
his subject to intrigue him into speculating on the effects of Eng-
land's policy upon her colonies. He does not say that England's
policies were sound or unsound; he merely presents them and lets
the reader judge. In a concluding comment, to be sure, he in-
dulges in an argumentative discourse on whether or not England's
commercial policy brought on the American Revolution. As a
general rule, however, he follows the principle that it is sufficient
for the historian to present his story as he sees it, not to prove
some theory.
R. L. BIESELE.
The University of Texas.
Flight Into Oblivion. By A. J. Hanna. (Richmond: Johnson
Publishing Company, 1938. Pp. xiii, 306. $2.75.)
While sitting in his pew in St. Paul's Church Sunday morning
April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis received General Lee's telegram
announcing the necessity of a speedy evacuation of Richmond. The
President quietly withdrew, called his Cabinet, and "gave the
needful instructions for our withdrawal that night." With great
haste the official train was made ready to carry the chief officials
of the Confederate government, important public records, and the
approximately $500,000 in specie that remained in the Treasury
and in the vaults of the banks of the city from the doomed
Capital.
The continued military successes of an increasingly vindictive
enemy caused the next three capitals-Danville and inhospitable
Greensboro and Charlotte-to be abandoned in turn by the retreat-
ing government. In spite of the hospitality extended by the small
farmers, planters, and towns of South Carolina, the retreat rapidly
assumed the character of a flight. One Cabinet member after
another began to find reasons for tendering his resignation, while
others, unwilling to be taken by a foe that had promised them
no mercies, caused the party to be split up into small groups
that each might the better seek safety in its own way.
The President, who was determined to continue the struggle

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