The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Book Reviews

and Pleasant Hill on April 8 and 9 when General Richard
Taylor's Confederates turned back the Federal invasion aimed
at East Texas. Debray was then promoted to brigadier general
(although the rank was never confirmed by the Confederate Con-
gress) , and again was placed in command of a cavalry brigade. He
led three regiments including his own in the actions at Monette's
Bluff, Mansura, and Norwood's Plantation (Yellow Bayou). The
brigade remained in Louisiana until November, 1864, then slowly
returned to Texas reaching the Brazos River in March, 1865. Its
last act was to keep order in Houston as the Confederacy broke
up later that spring.
Palmer Bradley, a leading member of the Houston Civil War
Roundtable and a well known collector of Texana on the Civil
War period, added an introductory biographical sketch of Debray.
The facsimile reproduction, an example of tasteful printing, was
limited to 3oo copies, yet such an effort lends a note of possi-
bility to hopes for the appearance of additional reprints of
memoirs by Texans from the Civil War period, perhaps Joseph P.
Blessington's The Campaigns of Walker's Texas Division or the
Condensed History of Parsons' Texas Cavalry Brigade, 1861-1865.
Rendezvous at the Alamo, Highlights in the Lives of Bowie,
Crockett, and Travis. By Virgil E. Baugh. New York (Pageant
Press), 1960. Pp. 251. Illustrations, bibliography, index.
With the slender thread of the word rendezvous in the title the
author has bound together in one book brief biographies of James
Bowie and William Barret Travis, and a sketch of the life of
David Crockett. To Bowie he gives the first one hundred pages,
to Crockett the next thirty, then seventy-five to Travis, followed
by a sharply edited reprint of R. M. Potter's description of the
siege of the Alamo published in 1878.
The reader is left to draw his own conclusions that these three
men possessed similar traits of character and were subjected to
similar forces that directed their lives inevitably toward their
rendezvous at the Alamo. That all three were born leaders and
that each in his own way was devoted to the cause of freedom


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