The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962

Book Reviews

the draw. He organized expeditions to hunt wild burros and
chased runaway teams through town. Eventually he went to the
University of Texas.
At the university Crume first came into serious contact with
science. He writes that no one will ever say he "took" physics
from Dr. Paul Boner. "As far as I know he still has them," Crume
admits. Science, technological advance, and all the resulting
change in human life which we usually call progress, fill Crume
with horror. He is befuddled by the endless work-saving appli-
ances of the modern home which require time-purchasing and
constant repair. He never did trust bankers and mistrusts the new
electronic banking brain. Like many another Texan, he prefers
the antique days of wind-driven windmills, galleries, celluloid
collars, pocket watches, St. Joseph aspirin calendars, and Model Ts.
CHARLES A. BACARISSE
University of Houston
Rags and Hope: The Recollections of Val C. Giles, four years
with Hood's Brigade, Fourth Texas Infantry x86x-x865. Com-
piled and edited by Mary Lasswell. New York (Coward-Mc-
Cann, Inc.), 1961. Pp. 280. $5.75-
A definite addition to the shelves of any Civil War buff, the
recollections of Val C. Giles serve the needs and interests of his-
torians and laymen equally well. For the historian Giles is a new,
previously unused, primary source on the battles of Eltham's
Landing, Seven Pines, Gaines Mill, Second Manassas, Fredericks-
burg, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga. He also provides new ma-
terial on the organization of the units in Hood's Brigade and
their trip by foot, riverboat, and rail from Texas to Virginia. Of
even greater interest to many will be Giles' inside view of Camp
Morton, the Northern prison near Indianapolis, Indiana, to which
he was sent after his capture during the battle of Wauhatchie,
Tennessee, in October, 1863. The final chapters trace his escape
from the prison, and the guerrilla activities in Kentucky in which
he took part during the last year of the war.
There are also numerous witty, colorful, and highly descriptive
passages to attract and hold the interest of a casual reader. With
a fine touch Giles sketched such Confederate commanders as

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101195/. Accessed October 25, 2014.