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So certain did he want to be of the correctness of the story which
he was to portray and so concerned was he to have the evidence
of contemporary sources to support his story that he did not
finish his story in 1936, the Texas Centennial year, but spent
two more years before sending his version of Texan Independ-
ence to the world.
The story told by Colonel Houston has twenty-five chapters,
and is to all intents and purposes a chronological account of the
movement for Texan Independence. Portraits of Sam Houston,
Moses Austin, Stephen F. Austin, and Santa Anna grace the pages
of the book, as do also the reproductions of the original paintings
by the author representing the Mission Espada and the march
to the massacre at Goliad and of one by Colonel Josh Juan
Sanchez Estrada representing the Alamo. There are eleven mili-
tary maps in the book. The map showing General Houston's
march to intercept Santa Anna is bound in the front cover of
the book where it is instantly available to the reader who wants
to keep posted on this point as he reads the story of the battle.
The appendix reproduces General Houston's report of the battle
of San Jacinto and gives a list of thirty-three combats and battles,
together with valuable information thereon. Personally I wish
that the illustrations on the jacket of the book had been repro-
duced permanently in the volume.
The story of the winning of Texan independence is, of course,
a thrilling one every time its facts are recalled. Colonel Houston's
narrative is also thrilling and grips the reader's interest. His
contribution lies in the fact that he has marshalled his facts from
contemporary sources. He has, as he says, "endeavored to be exact
in quotations, with credit to the authors, and in names, dates,
places, maps and in the statement of opinions." Texana has,
indeed, been enriched by this book.
R. L. BIESELE.
The University of Texas.
Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846
to 1989. (Huntsville, prison print, 1939. Pp. 377. 23cm.)
For reasons set out in the preamble the members of the House
of Representatives of the present Legislature decided that
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101111/. Accessed May 23, 2015.