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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967

Book Reviews

found in Boletin del Archivo General de la Naci6n (Mexico,
1939), X, 146-178; 349-379.
The Representacin is the classic account, and the first in book
form, of the operations of the Mexican Army in Texas after March
6, 1836, and of its retreat from Texas. It is a masterly defense by
Filisola of his ordering and conduct of the retreat against the
malicious accusations made by General Jose Urrea and others, and
no doubt had much to do with winning official and public sup-
port in Mexico for Filisola and his subsequent exoneration by
the military court. The work is valuable for its penetrating view
of the conditions within the Mexican Army during its cam-
paign in Texas and of the problems with which its officers had
to contend and how they sought to meet them. It gives some
insight into the life of the common Mexican soldier and of con-
ditions in Texas during the spring and early summer of 1836.
As an introduction to the Texian Press's reprint of Hammeken's
translation of Filisola's Representaci6n, State Archivist James M.
Day has written a brief biographical sketch of Vicente Filisola,
limited primarily to an undocumented account of his military
career, followed by a short bibliography consisting almost entirely
of secondary sources. At the end of the reprint there is an un-
satisfactory index which omits many names of individuals and
places and does not attempt to include subjects. The index often
fails to refer to all of the pages on which the name selected for
indexing appears.
The Texian Press is to be commended for its continuing effort
to make more readily available basic source materials dealing
with the history of Texas and to present them in good form
Texas A&M University
The Taft Ranch, A Texas Principality. By A. Ray Stephens. With
introduction by Joe B. Frantz. Austin (University of Texas
Press), 1964. Pp. xi+232. Illustrations, epilogue, appendices,
bibliography, index. $6.oo.
Surely, every great ranch of the South Texas coastal plain, the
mother lode of the Texas longhorn, deserves a history. Unfortu-
nately, only two ranches of that section of Texas have been given


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed October 8, 2015.