The work which is now called A Seth Eastman Sketchbook
might not have been published had it not been for the interest
and work of San Antonio historian Paul Adams. It has been
through his efforts that one can now enjoy this wonderful col-
lection of sketches made more than one-hundred years ago.
Terry's Rangers. By C. C. Jeffries. New York (Vantage Press, Inc.),
1961. Pp. x+139. Appendix. $2.75-
This is a small book, as the number of pages go, but one written
with understanding by an admittedly prejudiced Texian about
some men he may have known personally in their later years, as
well as others he knew about from hearsay and research. It is a
book that needed to be written before the last of the author's
generation passed on and beyond the ken of the men whose lives
he wrote about. Jeffries has done a good job, on a subject as
difficult to write about as the times in which Terry's Texas Rangers
lived, rode, fought, and came home to try to rebuild a civilian life
which had been interrupted when they were youths.
The story is about the handful of Texians (a more historic
spelling than Texans) who fought from home to Georgia and
back for the cause of the South, never surrendering, even at the
close of the war. They were highly individualistic cavalrymen who
generally provided their own mounts and arms, fought in pretty
much their own youthful way, and took orders from a few officers
of their own choosing; but they left an indelible record whenever
their unit was in combat.
Jefiries tries to be objective, but the pride of being of the same
stock as those men in the armies of the South, seeps through from
time to time even as he tells the dry facts about the many engage-
ments of those hard-riding, hard-fighting sons of the pioneers.
This is a book to be enjoyed for its story, not for its fineness of
writing. Actually, it is crudely put together in places and there
are typographical errors. The raw feeling of participation with
those young men in the narrow theatres of their war experiences
must belong to the reader. If he has a feeling for young men who
"like a fight," this little book will hold his interest.
JAMES L. LEE
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed September 19, 2014.