The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973

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Mexican political leaders toward the United States. Plutarco Elias
Calles began his administration with a dramatic development scheme,
but he soon modified his views sufficiently for an accord with Dwight
Morrow on the oil problem. In fact, Morrow considered his mission a
failure because he did not bring about a financial reorganization in
Mexico.
University of Georgia LESTER D. LANGLEY
Cannon Smoke: The Letters of Captain John J. Good, Good-Douglas
Texas Battery, CSA. By John J. Good. Compiled and edited by
Lester Newton Fitzhugh. (Hillsboro: Hill Junior College Press,
1971. Pp. ix+2o9. Footnotes, illustrations, index, appendix.
$7.50.)
Captain John Jay Good and his artillery company departed from
Dallas on April 27, 1861, and journeyed to San Antonio where they
formed a part of Earl Van Dorn's force that compelled the surrender
of federal troops commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac V. D.
Reeve. Less than two weeks later the battery was enroute to northern
Arkansas to join Brigadier General Ben McCulloch who, on March
7-8, 1862, would fight the Battle of Pea Ridge. During the interven-
ing period, much of Captain Good's time was spent in drill and ad-
ministration, duties that he termed "far more onerous than had been
anticipated."
In Texas, Mrs. Good lived with her father and her children on the
family farmstead in what is now East Dallas. Their company allayed
her despondency somewhat, but not long after her husband's departure
she wrote, "the old house, the yard, the orchard, all [seem] so deso-
late and dreary." She was also apprenhensive because of the many
rumors that pervaded the homefront. And, like most wives of soldiers,
she spent many hours praying for her husband's quick, safe return.
That letters are available from both correspondents enhances the
value of this volume by affording the reader insight into the Civil War
situation on the homefront and front lines simultaneously. Further-
more, the editor has done an excellent job of providing supplemental
information in his footnotes. The letters, however, are of limited im-
portance as a whole because they cover so short a time span-from
April 29, 1861, to May 4, 1862. In his preface the editor stated that
John J. Good's letters were available from 1853 to 1882. This volume

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