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

Book Reviews

Willie Lehmann; Lizzie Ross--Mihe-coby-Two Texas Boys; An-
drew Martinez; Hoah-wah-Lawrie Tatum's Released Captives;
Herman Lehmann; and Millie Durgan Goombi.
The title was intriguing and gave anticipation of good reading.
Unfortunately, the book was more frustrating than gratifying. It
consists of excerpts and direct quotations from earlier well-known
accounts, interspersed with comments by the author (which are
not new and often not pertinent). Many of these quotations are
from books now out of print. The author has a real point in
reproducing these stories, provided that it is well done. It is not.
It is carelessly written with many small errors in spelling, gram-
mar, and punctuation. There are incomplete sentences, typo-
graphical errors, and a curious use of capitals and parentheses.
Citations follow no accepted pattern. The reader is not always
given a path back to the source in page numbers. Had the author
used conscientious craftsmanship, the book might have reached
the stature of Carl Coke Rister's Border Captives.
One story not commonly known is that of Millie Durgan
Goombi. Millie was captured when she was eighteen months old
in the Elm Creek raid near Newcastle in 1864. She lived the rest
of her life among the Kiowas and left a number of descendants.
She did not learn of her white ancestry until in her sixties, and
then returned to Texas to visit her relatives. She never learned
to speak English so her son-in-law served as interpreter for her.
Unlike most captives' stories, hers had a happy ending.
With care, the book could have been improved. Better crafts-
manship and thorough research would have strengthened and en-
riched the stories. The most useful and interesting parts are the
bits of information given by Indian informants.
Sibley's New Mexico Campaign. By Martin Hardwick Hall.
Austin (University of Texas Press), 1 g6o. Pp. xv+,366. Illus-
trations, notes, appendix, bibliography, index. $6.oo.
During the cool days of September, 1861, the streets of San
Antonio were filled with the clamor of marching soldiers and the
clatter of horse-drawn artillery as batteries and cavalry outfits
arrived and made ready for an invasion of New Mexico. Everyone


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