The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

personalities and issues which Southerners praised or belittled,
depending upon the tide of battle. It is in these revelations that
the reader is lifted above a mere chronology of the war and is
given an insight into Gorgas' basic character. In the later days
of the struggle, for example, Gorgas writes,
The Senate it is now said are ready for any terms-the cowards. Pity
a few could not be taken out and hung or shot. If a soldier yields
to his fears in the hour of trial and is shot for it, why may not the
craven Senator be made to yield his dastardly life in the same way?
Although usually a strong supporter and admirer of President
Davis, Gorgas nevertheless admits that Davis
seems to be an indifferent judge of men, and is guided more by
prejudice than by sound, discriminating judgment. I have been sur-
prised to hear his condemnation of men and measures in the field
and in the Cabinet-yet apparently without any idea that it was for
him to correct them.
Gorgas also takes to task Confederate secretary of the treasury,
Christopher Memminger.
Mr. Memminger treats others with rudeness, and is, besides dog-
matical, narrow-minded and slow.. Whenever I leave Mr. M.
after an interview, I feel somehow as tho' I had been trying to do
something very much out of the way, so injured and put upon does
he represent himself. Mr. Seddon compares him to a dog who,
when a new dog enters his domain, runs alongside of him erecting
his bristles and curving his back!
As to the format, the University of Alabama Press is to be
commended. Except for the footnotes being secluded at the end
of each chapter rather than on the page to which they apply,
the volume is virtually superb. The foreword by Eugene C.
Barker and the preface by the editor adequately introduce the
subject, and a good eighteen-page index rounds out the volume.
Dallas, Texas JOSEPH W. YOUNG
Letters from Lee's Army. Compiled by Susan Leigh Blackford.
Annotated by Charles Minor Blackford. Edited and abridged
by Charles Minor Blackford, III. New York (Charles Scrib-
ner's Sons), 1947. Pp. vii+312. $3.50.
When Captain Charles Minor Blackford left home in Lynch-


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