The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926

Book Reviews

misreading of sources. The reference on page 96, note 37, should
be to pages 289-296; Dunwoody's name is misspelled on pages
260-261; the "100 per cent" on page 109, note 72, referred not
to exemptions but to a new draft; on page 289 "Colonel August"
should be "Brigadier-General G. J. Rains"; Mr. T. R. Hay is not
a "professor," but an engineer, page 349, note 45; the comment
on Davis's apparent inconsistency, page 301, is inappropriate, for
though Davis was a secessionist he was never a nullifier. Other
statements are so carelessly made that their meaning is not always
clear. There seems to be no need for including the scurrilous
letter of the runaway conscript, pages 19-21, especially since the
document is really of doubtful authenticity. Finally, a consider-
able number of the page references in the index are wrong. Most
of these errors would have been caught by a careful verification of
footnotes and by good proofreading. It is a pity that they should
mar a good book.
CHAs. W. RAMSDELL.
Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, A Study of the Development of
Culture in the South. By John Donald Wade. (New
York: The Macmillan Company, 1924. Pp. viii, 392.)
This book is one of the most welcome additions to the list of
southern biographies that has been made in a generation. "Judge"
Longstreet was in no sense a great man, but he was certainly a
notable one in his day. Probably few people today, except the
older generation of Georgians, even know who he was; and to
those who do know he is best remembered as the author of those
amusing and edifying yarns, Georgia Scenes. Though one sus-
pects that this authorship is at the core of Professor Wade's interest
in him, the old Judge himself beyond doubt attributed but little
of his importance in affairs to that small book. Neither, evidently,
did his contemporaries.
Born in 1790 in Augusta, Georgia, then still a frontier town,
Augustus Longstreet enjoyed rather unusual advantages--an inti-
mate boyish friendship with George McDuffie, schooling at Wad-
del's famous academy, a college course at Yale, and then the law
course at Litchfield, Connecticut. From 1815 to 1839 he practiced
law with success, became a judge, dabbled in politics as a state

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