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

Book Reviews

Beauregard had continued the assault, would there have been
Confederate victory? Roland's treatment of the entire campaign
in the West is masterful in its objective analysis of Johnston's
every move and plan, as he sets up a counter possibility to every
claim of Beauregard and Beauregard partisans as to what the
campaign tactics ought to have been. The author leaves no doubt
that Johnston is his hero, despite the fact that the hero's death
came too early in the war for a definitive answer as to whether
further military experience and seasoning would have confirmed
him a genius of war who could have changed the course of Con-
federate fortunes.
Whiskey injected into the veins of the dead general preserved
his body for the journey from Shiloh Church to New Orleans,
where for five years it rested in the John T. Monroe family tomb
in St. Louis Cemetery. Then, in 1866, Johnston went home to
where he might have "a handful of Texas earth on his breast."
Action of Radical Reconstruction authorities in forbidding a
funeral procession in Galveston only caused greater homage for
the fallen general at Galveston, at Houston, and at the services
at the capitol in Austin. Final interment was in the Texas State
Cemetery in Johnston's "most beautiful &8 lovely country."
LLERENA FRIEND
The University of Texas
A Narrative of the Capture and Subsequent Sufferings of the
Mier Prisoners in Mexico. By Thomas W. Bell. With an
Introduction and Notes by James M. Day. Waco (Texian
Press), 1964. Pp. vii+94. Index. $6.95.
This publication by the Texian Press completes the reprinting
of a trio of books by survivors of the Mier Expedition about
their exploits and experiences. It is a reproduction from one of
the six copies printed first in 1845, and supplements the better-
known accounts by Thomas J. Green and William P. Stapp, both
also originally published in 1845 and then reprinted by the
Steck Company of Austin in 1935-
In comparison to the other two books, Bell's story shows itself
to be the most straightforward. Bell told the tale (with the ex-
ception of one sentence) in the third person, and did so with a
good deal of toleration. He noted with gratitude the kindnesses

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