The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 84, July 1980 - April, 1981

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[that] has never served well those who have resisted progress... ."
(p. 204)
O'Brien's book has scholarly virtues, but it also has problems. It
would hardly qualify as light reading, in part, to be sure, because it as-
sumes considerable familiarity with the literature of intellectual his-
tory, but also in part because of a turgid style. The Agrarians appear to
fascinate O'Brien, and his discussion of them often strays from "the
idea of the American South." The book would seem logically to cul-
minate with the writings of C. Vann Woodward, who, as O'Brien ob-
serves, achieved "a synthesis of strands lying around separately in the
debates of the 193os" (p. 200). Instead, O'Brien concludes with a dis-
cussion of-and in general agreement with-W. J. Cash, whose Mind
of the South is perceived as a rather sharp break with past historical
debate.
University of Georgia NUMAN V. BARTLEY
Cry Comanche: The 2nd U.S. Cavalry in Texas, z855-z86r. By Harold
B. Simpson. (Hillsboro, Texas: Hill Junior College Press, 1979.
Pp. xiv+ 186. Illustrations, maps, appendices, bibliography, index.
$10.50.)
Cry Comanche is the story of the "original" 2nd U.S. Cavalry regi-
ment from the time of its establishment and posting to Texas in 1855
until the start of the Civil War. In the 1861 wartime reorganization of
the U.S. army it became the 5th Cavalry and exists to this day under
that numeration, though of course with vastly different equipment and
structure. The book contains much of interest and excitement because
the immediate antebellum years in Texas were full of stress, combat,
growth, and all those stirring elements associated with frontier develop-
ment. The 2nd Cavalry was stretched thin along the Indian- and Mexi-
can-fighting frontier, from Fort Belknap (and Camp Radsiminski in
present Oklahoma) on the north down to the Rio Grande. Its officers
constituted a remarkable concentration of subsequent military leaders
of the Civil War, chiefly but not entirely of Confederate persuasion,
lending an intriguing aspect to the story-one on which the author
dwells more than necessary.
Harold B. Simpson (Col. USAF, ret.) has accomplished a workman-
like job in this, his twenty-third book as author, co-author, or editor.
He leans very heavily upon the work of George F. Price, Across the

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