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

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1861, to the end of the war. The regiment served in the Indian
Territory, Arkansas, and Missouri in 1861 and 1862, and in the
Army of Tennessee east of the Mississippi for the remainder of
the war. Garrett's letters, directed chiefly to his sweetheart Mary
Elizabeth ("Mollie") Gibbard and to William Gibbard, his fu-
ture father-in-law, bear dates from September 17, 1861, to March
14, 1865. They are typical (although Garrett's spelling is better
than most) of thousands presently in public manuscript collec-
tions, full of prayerful comment on rations, weather, disease,
generals, and slackers. Like most such letters they are disappoint-
ing on battle details. Here, then, is another welcome source for
students of Trans-Mississippi Confederates.
JAMES L. NICHOLS
Stephen F. Austin State College
The Adventures of a Prisoner of War 1863-1864. By Decimus et
Ultimus Barziza. Edited by R. Henderson Shuffler. Austin
(University of Texas Press), 1964. Pp. xiv+ 14o. Illustra-
tions, bibliography, index. $4.50.
Barziza's reminiscences are an excellent addition to Texas Con-
federate history and Henderson Shuffler must be credited with
saving this highly interesting Civil War experience from obscuri-
ty. Barziza's work is the only known published memoir of a
Texas officer who wrote of his experiences as a prisoner during
the Civil War, and one of the few such accounts published on
either side before the end of the conflict. These memoirs were
published anonymously at Houston in early 1865 in a pocket-
sized paper back edition. Only two copies of the account have
been available to the public (both in archives) prior to this
publication.
Decimus et Ultimus (he was the tenth and last child of Ignatius
Barziza) was, at the time of his wounding and capture at Gettys-
burg, a captain in Company C, 4th Texas Infantry Regiment of
Hood's Texas Brigade-a brigade that was perhaps the best fight-
ing unit North or South. The Texas lawyer was a keen observer
and fluent (if too flowing at times) writer. Seldom will one find
a more informal and interesting personal account of the Battle
of Gettsyburg. Barziza's highly entertaining and informative ob-

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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 October 22, 2014.