The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 103, July 1999 - April, 2000

Book Reviews

Center for American History, and the U. S. Army Military History Institute as
well as those held by private individuals, the authors/compilers have brought
together a rich set of ambrotypes, tintypes, albumen prints, cartes de visite, and
copy prints that tell the full story of Texas and Texans in the war.
This is more than a collection of photographs; the authors/compilers provide
a first-rate historical commentary describing not only the individuals shown in
the photographs but also a complete narrative account of Texas's contributions
to the war effort. They have blended these together in a skillful manner. An
added treat is found in the appendix which contains postwar information on
each of the individuals whose photographs appear in the book.
This is a superb work which contributes much to our understanding of
Texas's role in the Civil War. The authors/compilers and the University of
Arkansas Press are congratulated for this outstanding publication.
Lamar University RALPH A. WOOSTER
The Papers of Andrew Johnson, Volume 14, April-August I868. Edited by Paul H.
Bergeron. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1997. Pp. xxix+569.
Introduction, acknowledgments, editorial method, symbols and abbrevia-
tions, short titles, chronology, appendix, index. ISBN 087049-991-2 (v. 14).
$49.50, cloth.)
The Papers of Andrew Johnson, Volume 15, September z868-Apnl I869. Edited by
Paul H. Bergeron. (Knoxville: University of Tennnesse Press, 1998. Pp. xxvi-
ii+656. Illustrations, introduction, acknowledgments, editorial method, sym-
bols and abbreviations, short titles, chronology, appendices, index. ISBN 1-
57233-028-7 (v. 15). $55.00, cloth.)
These two volumes of Andrew Johnson's papers cover one year, April 1868 to
April 1869, in the controversial career of the first president to suffer impeach-
ment. Highlights of that year (if there were any "highlights" in Johnson's admin-
istration) included his acquittal by the United States Senate in May 1868, his
unrealistic quest for the Democratic nomination in the presidential election of
that year, his farewell to Washington in early 1869, and the beginning of a cam-
paign to win vindication from Tennessee voters by returning to public office.
Throughout, Johnson remained himself--a self-righteous defender of his strict
constructionist view of the Constitution and bitter critic of the Republicans who
had taken Reconstruction away from him and attempted to bring equality before
the law to freedmen in the South.
Johnson's acquittal brought numerous letters of congratulation from friends
and supporters across the United States. "Thank God Justice has prevailed in
this case," wrote Henry F. Liebenau, a Union veteran from New York (14: p.
116). Augustus H. Garland of Arkansas called the acquittal "a victory of law, con-
stitution justicee over oppression, misrule and injustice that must be productive
of great good to our country" (14: p. 119).
When Congress passed legislation during the summer of 1868 permitting
southern states to return congressmen and senators to Washington, Johnson

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