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and great-grandparents that mix truth with impossibilities such as the transporta-
tion of slaves to Texas in cattle cars. The 1935 lynching is vividly presented, but
the memories of the people who lived through this event are presented raw,
uncorroborated by any documentary evidence. The result is unsubstantiated
memory, and, perhaps, an accurate account of the myths that persist about this
tragic event. But, it is not oral history.
Both of these videos deserve our attention. Tom Cole has demonstrated clear-
ly the power of video to present historical research, and through this process has
dramatically revealed a virtually forgotten but very important aspect of the strug-
gle for civil rights in Texas. Despite its failings as history, Patsy Cravens's video
has revealed a people and their memories of both ordinary and extraordinary
events. She has presented a very personal study, that is as much a story of her
own discovery as it is a story of the people of rural Colorado County, who,
despite hardship and against odds, came through hard times.
Texas Southern University CARY D. WINTZ
Peculiar Honor: A History of the 28th Texas Cavalry 1862-1865. By Jane M.
Johansson. (Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press, 1998. Pp.
xiv+x97. Appendices, bibliography, charts, index, maps, notes, and pho-
tographs. ISBN 1-55728-504-7. $20, paperback.
Studies of Civil War regiments on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line are all
too common. What makes Jane M. Johansson's Peculiar Honor: A History of the
28th Texas Cavalry 1862-1865 different is that it is a collective biography of a
unit which spent the bulk of the war campaigning in the Trans- Mississippi West.
Recently, this neglected theater has begun to receive attention from Civil War
historians andJohansson's work is an important contribution to this increasingly
popular area of scholarship. Peculiar Honor is based upon her dissertation and
chronicles the campaigns of a unit that saw service as one of John G. Walker's
famous Greyhounds. The author's work is also significant in that it serves as a
quantitative analysis of the regiment. She examines the differences between orig-
inal members of the regiment and those who joined late in the war as well as
similarities between officers and enlisted men and differences between each
company.
Johansson provides a variety of well-placed charts and graphs throughout the
work providing the reader with a wealth of pertinent statistical information on
the 28th Texas Cavalry (dismounted). The statistical analysis provided in the
first chapter of Peculiar Honor indicates that the majority of the regiment came
from East Texas. The soldiers were primarily modest farmers with a few owners
of small plantations included among the group. The unit was also overwhelm-
ingly Protestant and native to Texas or a recent migrant from another Southern
state. Thus, the regiment is a mirror of the East Texas society from which it origi-
nated. Officers of the 28th Texas were generally wealthier and came from a
greater variety of occupations than the enlisted men. The three officers holding
highest rank all attended college, were professionals in their fields and, "... well

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