The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

This delightful autobiography of Proctor, issued two decades after
his death, makes clear why, although his likenesses of people were
excellent, his representations of horses and other animals were even
more extraordinary. Born in Canada, he had grown up in the Colo-
rado Rockies, where he had taken to the saddle at an early age
and had spent much time hunting and fishing.
Although the interest of Proctor in art also came early, he seemed
more at home on mountain trails than in his studios in New York,
Paris, or Rome; and he never missed an opportunity for a hunting
trip. The book has many pencil sketches of frontiersmen and wild
animals, along with nearly fifty photographs of his principal sculp-
tures. "I am eternally obsessed with two deep desires," he wrote-
"one to spend as much time as possible in the wilderness, and the
other to accomplish something worthwhile in art." Fortunately, he
was able to do both.
In his span of ninety years Proctor knew, besides fellow artists,
such notables as Buffalo Bill Cody, Teddy Roosevelt, and Woodrow
Wilson. His sprightly memoir, put into an unusually attractive book
format, will give a glow to readers of all ages.
Dallas WAYNE GARD
Born to be a Soldier: The Military Career of William Wing Loring.
By William L. Wessels. (Fort Worth: Texas Christian University
Press, i971. Pp. 122. Appendices, index. $3.50.)
Mr. Wessels wrote this book to show that William Loring played
significant roles in five wars between 1832 and 1879. He fought for
the Florida Militia during the Seminole War, and earned the rank
of brevet lieutenant colonel with "gallant and meritorious conduct"
in the Mexican War. He drove cattle to Utah for Albert Sidney
Johnston in the Mormon War, rose to the rank of major general in
the Confederate Army in the Civil War, and ended his military
career as a unit commander in an Egyptian army which was train-
ing to win independence from Turkey. Loring commanded several
units-Florida's Mounted Riflemen, the Fort Union garrison in New
Mexico, and the Confederate Army of the Northwest.
The book has several weaknesses. For one thing, the author gives
a paucity of details. Evidently because he had to depend on published
sources and secondary works instead of having access to private papers,
Wessels wrote far more about the wars in which Loring engaged

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101201/. Accessed March 26, 2015.