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

Book Reviews

unhappy shortcoming is the laborious style in which the book is
written. The reader must wade painfully through page after page
of sluggish sentences befitting a dull, academic textbook rather
than a narrative of a cavalry operation intrinsically colorful and
exciting. Moreover, in evaluating the "valor," the "heroic endur-
ance," the " unfaltering courage" of Texas troops at Valverde, the
author is afflicted with irritating flourishes of rhetoric which
nearly match the grandiloquence of the Confederate commanders.
There are some factual errors too. The most inexcusable one is
calling Tom Green, the real colonel of the Fifth Texas Cavalry,
Thomas Jefferson Green, who was in North Carolina during the
time of Sibley's invasion.
Despite these faults, Hall's book is, on the whole, accurate and
objectively written. And it is not totally lacking in humane and
humorous incidents. An example of the humor is the anecdote
about a company of Texans in dress review who failed to hear the
order to "file left" and kept on marching until they had tramped
over a nearby mountain and disappeared. Watching them pass out
of sight, Sibley grunted, "Gone to Hell."
The work is painstakingly done. The inclusion of the muster
rolls of the Army of New Mexico and an adequate bibliog-
raphy will be quite helpful to the interested student. Because it
illuminates one chapter of a little known theater of the war,
Sibley's New Mexico Campaign is a valuable addition to the
growing list of Civil War histories.
University of Texas
Narrative of the Surrender of a Command of U. S. Forces at Fort
Fillmore, New Mexico, In July, A. D. 1861, with Related
Reports by John R. Baylor, C.S.A., & Others. By Major James
Cooper McKee. Third edition. Houston (Stagecoach Press),
196o. Pp. viii+,64. Maps, index. $4.75.
Shortly after the Civil War began, Southern forces in Texas
made plans to bring the far West into the Confederacy. In July,
1861, about 250 Texan volunteers under Lieutenant Colonel
John R. Baylor marched west to Fort Bliss, then turned north and
followed the Rio Grande to Fort Fillmore, a Union outpost some


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed October 6, 2015.