The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952

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"peacetime soldiering" and had frequently expressed his wish
and his expectation "to leave the Army and enter business.'
Now his resignation was forced upon him by an unnecessarily
harsh commanding officer. The utter dejection of his last few
weeks in California and the trip home are neither glossed over
nor overly emphasized.
Back on the farm in Missouri, "the army blue in his old over-
coat faded into a misty grey . . and Sam Grant became the
ghost of a soldier." The next five or six years were ones of
poverty and despair "and then complete failure." At thirty-eight,
Grant loaded his family on a steamer "and went up the river for
a new start in life." A year later, he was working in his father's
leather store in Galena when news came of the war. There fol-
lowed a round of disappointments and rebuffs as Grant tried to
re-enter the service. Two friends at last were able to obtain him
a command, that of the Illinois 7th District Regiment. Grant
took command with characteristic directness, saying only, "Men,
go to your quarters." Thus on June 28, 1861, the volume comes
to an end.
This book is of rare and enduring quality; it contains a great
deal more than the thirty-nine years of a Grant biography. Mr.
Lewis has told of these years more fully than any other author
and has brought into his book much that is interesting regarding
the persons with whom Grant was associated, the times and the
places in which he served, and even the political issues of the
period. There are forty pages of helpful notes, an excellent bib-
liography, and an index.
CHARLES F. WARD
New Mexico Military Institute
Honduras: An Area Study in Government. By William S. Stokes,
Madison (The University of Wisconsin Press), 1950. Pp.
xii+351. $6.oo.
Useful, both as a reference work for the scholar interested in
Latin-American government and as a general survey of one of
the Latin-American countries, this volume furnishes much hith-
erto unobtainable information. In the literature of the Western
Hemisphere governments Honduras has been neglected; yet this

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