The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Lundy's influence in the cause of freedom was enormous--due to
his obstinacy, his diligence, and his reputation as a pure-hearted cru-
sader in a worthy cause. He brought William Lloyd Garrison into
the battle, but refused to share his bombastic pronouncements or his
demand for immediate manumission. Lundy wished to check the
spread of slavery westward, establish a policy of "gradual but certain"
emancipation, induce the northern states to permit the freedmen to
live in that area, and to reduce the number of slaveholders to the
point where the southern people would abolish slavery by the ballot.
This is a great story, interestingly told. It is based firmly on primary
sources. Although in his bibliography Dillon mentions several of the
standard secondary works on abolition, he should have woven more of
that material into his account.
Stetson University GILBERT L. LYCAN
Douglas's Texas Battery, C. S. A. By Lucia Rutherford Douglas, com-
piler and editor. Tyler (Smith County Historical Society), 1966.
Illustrations, appendix, index. Pp. xiii+238. $7.80.
This collection of eighty-nine letters represents the random percep-
tions of Major James P. Douglas, a native of Tyler, Texas, and the
leader of the only Texas artillery group which saw service east of the
Mississippi during the Civil War.
In June, 1861, fifty men from Tyler marched to Dallas where they
joined fifty Dallas men to form what was to become known as the
Douglas Battery. The young leader of this courageous group, Major
James P. Douglas, was a twenty-five year old soldier who had distin-
guished himself as a lawyer, editorial writer, and school teacher in
Tyler. In departing for Dallas, young Douglas left in Tyler his fiancee,
Sallie Susan White, the young woman who was later to become his
wife and the "Dear Sallie" of these sensitive, lonely letters.
The Douglas letters are a clear evocation of the feelings and ideas
of a young man who, although profoundly preoccupied with the love
of one young woman whom he has left at home, is forced to fight far
from home in a lonely, seemingly interminable war. He fights because
he loves his country as much as he loves this young woman and because
he realizes that his gifts as a leader create for him responsibilities
which he can neither deny nor avoid.
Young Douglas is struck by the horror which lies all about him, but

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