Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The substance of the book may be summed up in the author's
A documented, illustrated story of the fabulous Alamo and biog-
raphy of the Alamo Commander William Barret Travis and his
gallant garrison, containing also the "Lost Letter of the Alamo,"
which inspired the Alamo heroes to remain at their Post, faithful unto
death. Several hundred Alamo items gathered from archival sources,
never before printed, are also published in this book.
Curtis tells a lot about Travis, whose diary, carefully guarded
in the archives of the University of Texas, is almost as frank and
revealing as the much more famous diary of William Pepys. As
Walter Lord, author of A Time to Stand, recently remarked,
"Travis was all man."
The author conducts his readers on a tour of the repositories
of historical source materials in Austin, including the Texas State
Library, the General Land Office, the University of Texas Archives,
and the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center. From these
sources he has gathered much of the material for his book. This
information and comment are of interest and value to students
As to the obvious defects of the book, perhaps the most serious
one is the lack of orderly arrangement, reminding the reader of
the woman in one of Kipling's stories who looked as if she had
stood in the middle of the room and had her clothes thrown on
It is regrettable that Curtis is a devotee of the super-superlative.
The kindly, bookish persons who have helped him are "eminent,"
"celebrated," "fabulous," "distinguished," and "erudite." The au-
thor is enamoured of certain adjectives, the favorite being "fabu-
lous," which, when the manuscript was finished, must have been
in a state of complete exhaustion. PAUL ADAMS
Texas Confederate County Notes and Private Scrip. By Hank
Bieciuk and H. G. "Bill" Corbin. Tyler (Privately printed),
1961. Pp. 112. Illustrations. $2.95.
For lack of specie many counties, towns, and private businesses
in the Confederate States of America had their own paper money
printed to assist in the normal conduct of business. Hank Bieciuk
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 July 13, 2014.