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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

more time, the quartermaster sub-bureaus could have grown into
far more effective offices.
Professor Nichols handles his difficult subject in a masterful
fashion. Civil War administrative and supply records are difficult
to follow and hard to tie together. Usually they offer fragmentary
views and frequently it requires great efforts to uncover the ori-
gins and results of logistical policies. The author has drawn on
many sources and has fitted his pieces of information into a clear,
meaningful, and highly informative picture of the Confederate
quartermaster. Much of the material comes from original sources:
papers, letters, and record books of quartermasters and quarter-
master agencies. Particularly well used are the papers of Captain
N. A. Birge who was active in supply operations at Monroe,
Louisiana, and who later participated in transactions of the Cot-
ton Board. The book has a straightforward style; it pages are
filled with solid facts and concrete examples of logistical problems
and solutions. It is well authenticated and contains an accurate
In all, The Confederate Quartermaster in the Trans-Mississippi
offers much light in a hitherto little regarded area of Confederate
studies. Professor Nichols deserves great credit for this fine con-
tribution to Civil War knowledge. ALLAN C. ASHCRAFT
Texas A & M University
Polignac's Texas Brigade. By Alwyn Barr. Houston (Texas Gulf
Coast Historical Association), 1964- Pp. 72. Bibliography,
index, illustrations, and maps. $3.00.
This monograph, winner of the Texas Gulf Coast Historical
Association's L. R. Bryan Award for 1964, is a careful study of
a Texas Civil War brigade which saw extensive service in the
Trans-Mississippi area of operations. Although the author has
named the brigade for its most colorful commander, no name is
entirely satisfactory for the brigade was comprised of different
regiments for various periods of the war and had a long series of
commanding officers. It is to the author's credit that he has skill-
fully followed these unit and command changes and yet has been
able to sustain a continuous narrative as the brigade moved
across the Indian Territory, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and
back to Texas.


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