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

Book Reviews

distinguished service was Notes Illustrating the Military Geography of
the United States, 1813-880, first published in 1881. The University
of Texas Press recently reprinted this classic reference volume with an
introduction by John M. Carroll and a foreword by Robert M. Utley.
Thian divided his work into three parts. Part I lists "Military Divi-
sions, Departments, Districts, and Reconstruction Districts Giving
Date of Creation, Names of Commanders, and Geographical Bounda-
ries, 1813-188o." Part II catalogs the "States and Territories of the
United States Giving Military Department or District in Which Em-
braced." Part III includes a "List of Maps in the Military Atlas of the
United States, 1813-1818." Although the original version concluded
with Part III, this reprint includes an "Addenda" containing addi-
tional notes and corrections kept by Francis B. Heitman and an official
"Memorandum" published by the Military Secretary's Office that lists
all organizational changes from January 1, 1898, to December 31, 1905.
A pocket in the back cover holds four large detached charts that graph-
ically summarize much of the material in Part I.
Notes Illustrating the Military Geography of the United States,
1813-z880, not only should appeal to military, western, or Civil War
enthusiasts, but will provide all historians with a convenient, succinct,
and valuable reference work for the United States army. It deserves a
place in the historian's library.
University of Texas, Austin ALLAN R. PURCELL
The Southern Common People: Studies in Nineteenth-Century Social
History. Edited by Edward Magdol and Jon L. Wakelyn. (West-
port, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1980. Pp. xii+386. Photograph,
tables, index. $27.50.)
The Southern Common People is an uncommonly good anthology
with perfect structural equipoise: two sections divided at 1865, each
prefaced with a lucid introduction, each composed of nine essays, and
each concluded by a bibliography which stresses recently published
collateral scholarship. The editors wisely chose not to rely on a pre-
ponderance of older, classic selections, which have a tendency to make
every new anthology an old anthology that looks like every other new
anthology. Instead, the articles in this collection are mostly of recent
vintage; all except four appeared within the last decade in such places
as Marxist Perspectives, Feminist Studies, and the Journal of Social
History. The important historiographical contributions of earlier


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