The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961

Book Reviews

as Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, and John H. Reagan. Rea-
gan wrote much later in the Quarterly of the Texas State His-
torical Association, VI, 166-167, "I became acquainted with
Peter E. Bean, who in Yoakum's History and other publications
is called Ellis P. Bean, in the summer of 1839, at his home in
what was then Nacogdoches County, but is now Cherokee, near
where the town of Alto now stands. I knew him well from that
time. ...
"The acceptance of a parole from an officer of Texas, as a
Mexican prisoner, and his purpose to require Mexico to pay for
his services, indicate he was not in sympathy with the Texas
Revolution. His living in Texas so long during and after the
Revolution, in amity with the people, and his obtaining a head-
right for land as a citizen of Texas, would tend to a different
The Great Buffalo Hunt. By Wayne Gard. New York (Alfred A.
Knopf), 1959. Pp. vii+324. Illustrations, index.
Wayne Gard's newest contribution to the world of scholarship,
The Great Buffalo Hunt, is truly the work of a master penman.
Other Wayne Gard works such as Frontier Justice (1949) and
The Chisholm Trail (1954) will not be embarrassed to have this
book on buffalo hunters take its place beside them on book-
shelves throughout the nation. Since the author gets daily prac-
tice as a member of the Dallas Morning News editorial staff, his
writing style has continued to improve through the years. Per-
haps a zenith is reached in The Great Buffalo Hunt. Gard has
proven his interest and ability in history and as a result has been
named a fellow in the Texas State Historical Association.
On the pages of this book, writer Gard has spelled out thor-
oughly and seemingly accurately the rugged, interesting story of
those persons who pursued and destroyed the species of shaggy
animals known as the buffalo. In sixteen chapters he records the
geographic location and habits of the great shaggy beasts and
relates the position held by the buffalo in the persistent nine-
teenth century struggle between the Indians and the white man;
the central theme, however, is the buffalo's destruction by the


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed July 31, 2014.