The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 100, July 1996 - April, 1997

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

the Rebel supply train in the depths of Apache Canyon during the Battle of Glo-
rieta. Other articles have described different aspects of the battles of Valverde
and Glorieta and even the skirmish at Peralta. A number of diaries, journals, and
memoirs from soldiers on both sides have also appeared in print. More recently,
a meticulously researched book has analyzed the Battle of Valverde, hour by
hour. An equally impressive study of the Confederacy's objectives in the Far
West and General Sibley's failure to fulfill those ambitions has also appeared in
print.
Veteran sleuth L. Boyd Finch stands tall among a small cadre of historians
who continue to chronicle the Civil War in the Southwest. His Confederate Path-
way to the Pacific goes beyond previous studies to recall Maj. Sherod Hunter and
the ill-fated Rebel attempt at creating a Territory of Arizona. This richly de-
tailed, handsomely designed volume represents a refreshing new look at the war
in this far and distant corner of the Confederacy. Included are some twenty-five
photographs, nine sketches, maps, and a "biographical sequel" of all major par-
ticipants. In essence, Finch has written a definitive volume that traces Major
Hunter beyond the desert Southwest into the bayous of southern Louisiana
where the Tennessee-born Rebel won his most impressive victory. Using sugar
coolers for boats and with muffled oars, Hunter, with 325 volunteers, paddled
down Bayou Teche and the Atchafalaya 1River to strike the rear of Union-held
Brashear City in June 1863. Advancing in two columns, Hunter's men overran
the Federal garrison, killed forty-six Federals and captured 1,200 prisoners,
2,500 rifles, and over 200 wagons. After the war, Hunter vanished, probably to
Mexico or into the depths of Reconstruction anonymity.
Anyone interested in the Civil War in the Southwest will want a copy of this
highly recommended book.
Texas A&M International University JERRY THOMPSON
Hands to the Spindle: Texas Women and Home Textile Production, z822-z88o. By
Paula Mitchell Marks. Illustrated by Walle Conoly. (College Station: Texas
A&M University Press, 1996. Pp. xviii+133. List of illustrations, preface, ac-
knowledgments, photographs, notes, index. ISBN 0-89096-699-0. $19.95,
cloth.)
It may be tempting for Texans and others to cling to the stereotype of the
hardy frontier woman spinning and weaving (if not happily then at least re-
signedly), but Marks reminds readers that the story of home textile production
in Texas from 1822 to 188o was much more complex. How does a relatively
short book filled with illustrations which some might read as "nostalgic" accom-
plish this? Easily.
In the first chapter Marks provides an overview of cloth production in eigh-
teenth-century American homes. Producing textiles at home, that is, garments of
all types and house linens like coverlets, was a necessity in colonial homes. The
task was the responsibility of women and became a patriotic act during the Revo-
lutionary War. In large part, the chore was gladly abandoned by northeastern

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