The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 93, July 1989 - April, 1990

Book Reviews

worth of pure pleasure either to beginning buffs or even the most
grizzled of "warriors." Many speakers and teachers may well find in it a
gem or two that will enliven their future presentations.
Thomas proved himself a master of the short, interpretive but stimu-
lating and significant kind of Civil War study with his The Confederacy as
a Revolutionary Experience (1971), and here he has done it again. His
little books compare well to such masterpieces as Allan Nevins's The
Statesmanship of the Civil War (1953) and Bruce Catton's U. S. Grant and
the American Military Tradition (1954). Catton himself expressed an es-
timation appropriate to any of these works (though he was referring
specifically to Nevins's book): "It is hardly going too far to say that this
little book is vital to a true understanding of the Civil War."
Travels to Hallowed Ground is especially pertinent to our own times,
for we live in an era when all too many of the precious Civil War
sites are endangered by encroachment and modernity. It may be that
Thomas's latest book will inspire other people to become interested in
and supportive of preservation efforts. One imagines, certainly, that it
will be welcomed by members of such groups as the Civil War Round
Table Associates and the recently formed Association for the Preserva-
tion of Civil War Sites, Inc.
Virtually all of the well-known and a respectable number of the not-
so-well-known Civil War commemorative sites are mentioned. Thomas
poignantly conveys the feelings he experienced while traveling to or ac-
tually visiting sites and the depth of mood and symbolism. He tells in
a crisp, clear style exactly what happened at each particular site and
meditates upon his own thoughts at the time of his visit. The result is a
kaleidoscope of shimmering thought fragments, beautifully rendered
in an engaging prose style.
University of Missouri-Kansas City HERMAN HATTAWAY
Philip Nolan and Texas: Expeditions to the Unknown Land, i79i- I8ox. By
Maurine T. Wilson and Jack Jackson. (Waco, Tex.: Texian Press,
1987. Pp. viii+ 189. Dedication, introduction, illustrations, maps,
notes, appendix, bibliography, index. $16.95.)
Although the land we call Texas today belonged to Spain for over
three centuries, a disproportionately small amount of space is given
to that period in the general histories of Texas. Even less is devoted to
the so-called "Filibuster Era," generally between 1791 and 1821. The
Philip Nolan episode marked the beginning of the end of the Spanish
period. This interesting, well-written book will help bridge that gap
and will provide a better understanding of this transitional period of
Texas history.

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