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

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Land Office had opened in January, and numerous surveying parties were sent
forth, presaging the expansion of white settlement. The Kickapoos and other
tribes were alarmed, and for good reason. Lane was lucky to survive.
Pages 89 through 112 of the book are devoted to the Civil War, a period of
fulsome activity during which Lane gained the rank of brigadier general, first of
Texas state troops and later in Confederate service. He saw action at Wilsons
Creek, Missouri; Chustenahlah, Indian Territory; Pea Ridge, Arkansas; and later
in southern Louisiana, and under Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard at Corinth, Missis-
sippi. Lane was understandably proud of the "General Orders" issued by Beaure-
gard honoring his unit: "Lieut.-Col. Lane, with two hundred and forty-six men of
the Third Texas Regiment ... [had] engaged and driven back three regiments
of the enemy .. ." (p. 103).
Editor Jimmy L. Bryan Jr., in a twelve-page introduction, summarizes much
that is known of Lane's post-Civil War career in business, politics, and veterans'
affairs. One finds very little of a reflective nature in Lane's narrative. It is all ac-
tion and adventure. Lane never married; there is hardly any appearance of wom-
en in his narrative, nor examination of religious belief, etc., except incidentally.
Dr. Bryan as editor seems to have gone to the Justin Harvey Smith school for
training in annotation, which is to say the notes are excellent, but detailed and
exhaustive to the point of overkill: 63 pages, 443 notes. The bibliography and in-
dex are also excellent, but, curiously for such a fine publication, there are no
maps or illustrative materials of any kind.
Las Cruces, New Mexico John Porter Bloom
Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol. By Richard R.
Flores. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002. Pp. ix+216. Preface, ac-
knowledgments, introduction, notes, references, and index. ISBN 0-292-
72540-X. $17.95, paper.)
Rememberng the Alamo is not another book re-fighting the famous battle of
March 1836. Instead, the book seeks to unravel the phenomenon of the Alamo
as it exists in the popular mind. The author finds the origins for the re-imaging
of the Alamo during the period of the Texas Modern (1880-1920) when indus-
try and commercial farming replaced the old Texas of stock raising and when
race relations assumed a more rigid form.
Simultaneously, a transformation in San Antonio proper begot, promoted,
and reinforced the Alamo myth. There occurred the physical restructuring of
the city's downtown as Alamo Plaza became the commercial center, elaborated
by the construction of new stores and a city hall symbolizing the "Anglo" era of
modernity and Anglo dominance. Also taking place during this time period was
a power struggle between Clara Driscoll and Adina de Zavala, who saw different
functions in the Alamo's preservation. For Driscoll the restored Alamo would
symbolize modernization and be a metaphor for the new social order; for de
Zavala the site linked Texas with the Spanish and Mexican past. Driscoll had her

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