The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003

Book Reviews

will certainly fascinate undergraduates and will provide excellent material for
lectures. The book is also beautifully laid out with impressive photographs and a
fine map of the former Apache territory.
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michzgan BradleyJ. Birzer
Texas Ranger Johnny Klevenhagen. By Douglas V. Meed. (Plano: Republic of Texas
Press, oo01. Pp. viii+239. Introduction, illustrations, bibliography, and index.
ISBN 1-55622-793-0. $18.95, paper.)
By the late 1950s Ranger captain Johnny Klevenhagen had fashioned an envi-
able record in Texas law enforcement. Because of his exploits in confronting the
state's most hardened criminals, he was acknowledged by other Rangers as the
epitome of Ranger traditon. He was, indeed, a dedicated officer whom lawbreak-
ers feared, "a man who just keeps on a'comin' on" no matter what the odds, no
matter how dire the circumstances.
In Texas Ranger Johnny Klevenhagen, author Douglas V. Meed, who describes
himself as "a fulltime writer of Texas and the southwestern border history" (back
of dust jacket), has documented the most famous cases of Klevenhagen. In eigh-
teen separate stories he relates how this Texas legend achieved his reputation-
from tracking down "Red River Raider" Lawrence Rea in 1937 to smashing the
Maceo family's criminal activities in Galveston in 1956. In between these
episodes are investigations, with such colorful titles as "Alligator Joe," "The
Brute's Last Mistake," "Three Punks and a Gorgeous Carhop," and "Norris-The
Smiling Killer."
This work, however, will be a disappointment for academicians and possibly
for a number of Ranger devotees. Although an "easy read," it produces little
background and understanding about Klevenhagen the man, the law enforce-
ment officer, indeed the Ranger in performance of his duties; it is simply a ren-
dition of his involvement in a number of cases. As a consequence, Texas Ranger
Johnny Klevenhagen recognizes the bravery and dedication of a legendary Ranger
captain but reveals little to show how the Ranger force operated or changed in
the approximately twenty years that he was a member.
Texas Christian Universzty Ben Procter
The Rzchmond Campaign of 1862: The Pennznsula and the Seven Days. Edited by Gary
W. Gallagher. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2ooo. Pp.
xv+272. Introduction, bibliographic essay, contributors, index. ISBN 0-8078-
2552-2. $34.95, cloth.)
A well-meaning but less than tactful colleague not long ago inquired about a
paper this reviewer was preparing. Upon hearing that it concerned the Ameri-
can Civil War, he exclaimed, "Surely there's nothing left to say considering all
that has been said." To be sure, much has been written, but just as surely much
remains as this small but excellent effort at historical reinterpretation demon-
strates. In truth, Civil War historians have not yet begun to write.

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