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

Book Reviews

"part way out of the mists of hero worship" but he has not brought
him all the way. The misty areas of Travis' brief twenty-seven
years have not been cleared away by any of the biographers, and
these remain clouded as ever after this author brings his subject
to his rendezvous at the Alamo. It would seem, for example, that
further research on Travis' Alabama years, his romantic affairs in
Texas, and his law practice at San Felipe would be rewarding. The
author has inserted a brief speculative chapter asking the question
"Did Young Travis Meet Lafayette?" The answer is that he prob-
ably did but no evidence was found to verify the belief. Possibly
futher research would be revealing, for a meeting such as this
could have changed materially the direction of a boy's life.
There is no satisfactory biography of Travis in print, and after
125 years it is time some able biographer dedicated himself to
the task of producing one. Baugh writes easily and with assurance,
and his bibliographical notes indicate he has a zest for research.
He appears quite capable of writing such a biography should he
set himself seriously to the task. GEORGE P. ISBELL
Remember the Alamo Heroes. By Albert Curtis. San Antonio
(The Clegg Company), 1961. Pp. 78. Photographs, sketches,
maps. $2.oo.
This is a remarkable pamphlet. It is the result of remarkably
diligent and extensive research and equally remarkable ineptitude
in writing and editing. It contains much interesting background
information on the men of the Alamo, gleaned from original
sources and a number of the best secondary sources. Indiscrimi-
nately mixed with this is an amazing amount of questionable
material from discredited sources.
Albert Curtis obviously made a laborious search of the mate-
rials on his subject in the Alamo Research Library, the San An-
tonio and the Houston Public Libraries, the University of Texas
Archives and the Texas State Archives, the Rosenberg Library,
the D. R. T. Museum, the Library of Congress and the files of
the Gonzales Inquirer, the Dallas News and the Telegraph and
Texas Register. He checked records of the probate courts of San
Antonio and Gonzales and the files of the State Land Office. He
combed the writings of Amelia Williams and other historians in

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