The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

too late for Shiloh. Thereafter, the regiment participated in the
engagements at Iuka, Corinth, Holly Springs, Thompson's Sta-
tion, and served throughout the Atlanta Campaign with Joseph
E. Johnston, and in Hood's invasion of Tennessee in the autumn
of 1864, where the Confederate army was practically destroyed.
Barron's description of Van Dorn's renowned raid on Holly
Springs, a unique cavalry feat that broke up U. S. Grant's over-
land campaign to capture Vicksburg, is perhaps the best written
by any participant, and his judgment that Van Dorn had no
superior as a cavalry commander seems well founded.
The Lone Star Defenders largely parallels the work by Victor
M. Rose on the Ross Brigade, but it is a more detailed account
of army life and conditions in the Confederacy. Its defect is that
it was written more than forty years after the war, the author
apparently relying entirely on memory without the aid of any
diary or other contemporary notes. The book, however, leaves
the reader with the distinct impression of general authenticity.
Barron, in his frank, simple way, is an entertaining writer who
holds the reader's attention throughout.
With all the pot boilers that have been written about the war
during the last fifteen years or so, it is to be hoped that more
such reprints of the better war accounts by participants will
appear. PALMER BRADLEY
The First Texas Cook Book. Edited by the Ladies' Association of
the First Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas. St. Louis
(R. P. Studley & Co.), 1883. Houston (lower case press),
1963. Pp. 186. Illustrations, index. $7.50.
Go to the pea-patch early in the morning and gather the peas,
take them home in a split basket. Take them in the left hand and
gouge them out with your right thumb until it gets sore, then re-
verse hands. Look the pea well in the eye to see its color, but cook
them anyway, as no color exempts the pea from domestic service,
still the grey eye and white lips and cheeks are to be preferred. Throw
the shelled peas mercilessly into hot water and boil them until they
"cave in." When you see they are well subdued, take them out and
fry them about ten minutes in gravy--a plenty of gravy, good fat
meat gravy, and try to induce the gravy to marry and become social
with the peas. When you see that the union is complete, so that

896

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101198/. Accessed July 11, 2014.