The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Old Pine ultimately did so. Old Pine's deep, inward happiness
at the re-enlistment of Mr. Baker is shown by her statements
when she learned of it:
It's got to come out right, Piggy. If we win, we'll stride them moun-
tains so proud we couldn't remember none of this misery now. And
if we don't win, well, you don't think I could look at Mr. Baker
moving around live in the middle of all that death, do you? There
couldn't be no life, neither mine nor his nor nobody else's in all
that death. There wouldn't be no states no more and the Yankees
would be moving around as proud as pallbearers. Mr. Baker done
right.
In the later phases of the story another personality appears, the
Confederate Captain Crosland, hurrying home to his wife Judith
only to find that she had committed the crime so impossible to
be forgiven and with a Northern man. Woven into every line is
the extreme solicitude of Old Pine for Mr. Baker, for Captain
Crosland, for Judith, and always for the cause of the men in gray.
On that fateful morning in April, 1865, these characters, except
Old Pine's Mr. Baker, killed in action, witnessed with complete
resignation the last gray gasp.
Into this tremendously interesting and provocative novel Scott
Hart has crowded within the space of two hundred pages his-
torical fiction, descriptive material, local color, and the story of
the ultimate Confederate humiliation-what many novelists would
require five hundred pages to produce-and he does it with grace
and finesse. This book should be in the library of every lover of
historical fiction.
CLAUDE ELLIOTT
Southwest Texas State Teachers College
The New Nation. By Merrill Jensen. New York (Alfred A.
Knopf), 1950. Pp. xviii+432. Index. $5.00.
The era immediately following the American Revolution is
the real Dark Age in American history. Little has been known
concerning the events of that period from 1781 to 1787. Unfor-
tunately, the data dealing with that era have been colored by
the highly entertaining, yet completely unfactual, Critical Period
of American History by John Fiske. That book, written "without
fear and without research," as Charles Beard once said, has been
accepted as the true account of the Confederation government

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