The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

The style is fresh and interesting. The contents will be of most
value to the "enlightened amateur." The maps are useful, attrac-
tive, and accurate. Mary Nabers Prewit's drawings give, I think,
the proper impression of times and events. The manufacture is
in the fine tradition of The University of Texas Press. This re-
viewer is impressed by the clarity with which the motives, the
events, and the significance of San Sabi are developed.
DAVID M. VIGNESS
Texas Technological College
Camp Ford C. S. A. The Story of Union Prisoners in Texas. By
F. Lee Lawrence and Robert W. Glover. Austin (Texas Civil
War Centennial Advisory Committee), 1964. Pp. xii+99.
Illustrations, appendices, bibliography, index. $7.50.
That Tyler, Texas, was a center for Confederate activity during
the "War for Southern Independence" is a fact well-known to
southwestern students of that conflict. What is not so generally
known, at least in detail, is the Camp Ford story told in this well-
illustrated monograph by F. Lee Lawrence, Tyler attorney and
local historian, and his co-author, Robert W. Glover, an instructor
of history at Tyler Junior College. Their collaboration developed
naturally from mutual interest in Smith County historical ma-
terials and sites and especially in an important manuscript source
which had recently come to light, the "Military Letters and
Orders Book" of the Tyler post. The operational correspondence
and directives of Camp Ford, as a responsibility of the Tyler
headquarters, take up much of the space in the letterbook. Even
so, although equipped with this valuable source, the authors
evidently could not have written the book, at least in such an
interesting form, without the assistance of several postwar ac-
counts by Federals who survived the rigors of the Camp Ford
experience.
Camp Ford came into existence in the summer of 1862 when
the renowned Texas Ranger, Colonel John S. "Rip" Ford, at
that time Superintendent of Conscripts, established a branch
office at Tyler. Within a year, however, the conscript camp began
to be deluged with Federal prisoners captured at various points
in the Trans-Mississippi Department. At its peak the stockade-
"shebang"-concentration enclosed about 4,600 men, including

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