Marcy and Mary Ellen, the older daughter who remained in the
East for education, are leading characters in the book. The army
wife is really the heroine.
Although a professional officer, Marcy seemed always to yearn
for civilian home and family life. The frequent actual and the
rumored changes in assignment and the slowness of promotions
made him "tired of being kicked about." Mrs. Marcy, in attempt-
ing to follow the soldier, endured the rigors of frontier travel,
the lonely privations and harsh adaptations of isolated outposts,
feelings of disfavoritism, and regular separation from family which
she wrote was "worse than death."
One great problem was to manage by remote control the educa-
tion, health, and social life of Mary Ellen. Mrs. Marcy constantly
complained to her of hardships and uncertainties of army life,
and she and Marcy encouraged her to avoid army life. One
vignette is the parental intervention to force Mary Ellen to break
her engagement to wed Lieutenant A. P. Hill and finally accept a
second suitor, Captain George Brinton McClellan, who was a
better "catch" for her. For intimate incident and personal over-
tones of the book, a dominant element, Dr. Hollon had for quotes
and near-quotes the most interesting, objective, and revealing of all
sources, the Marcy letter memoirs in the McClellan Collection.
Dr. Hollon writes with accomplished maturity and flair, and
he aims at popular style. By using catchy quotations from the
Marcy writings as chapter captions, and otherwise, he creates
interest and suspense which unfold somewhat like episodes in a
serial. It is a happy situation for Professor Hollon to hold his
chair in history at Norman where his colleagues assumed his
classroom duties to release time for research and writing and
where the press then struck off this attractive volume which
enhances alike the stature of this "cross timber" historian and the
clientele of the University Press.
J. HORACE BASS
A. and M. College of Texas
The Day of the Cattleman. By Ernest Staples Osgood. Minneap-
olis (University of Minnesota Press), 1929 and 1954. Pp.
In 1929 Ernest Staples Osgood produced his The Day of the
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101162/. Accessed October 1, 2014.