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Woodman ventures some observations on why the South gave its un-
stinting allegiance to such a sovereign, but these attempts at analysis
quickly give way to a reiteration of the puppet status of King Cotton.
The author is also surprisingly reluctant to comment on the implica-
tions of his work. The Civil War and Reconstruction appear only as
complicating elements in an economic context, not as pivotal events
in regional history. Too much of the narrative takes place in this sort
of historical vacuum.
The book's organization is confusing. The major discussion of the
economic significance of the cotton factorage system is relegated to the
middle of the narrative; the first ten chapters would have been im-
proved had they contained some hint of their relation to the author's
larger purposes. Burdened with a wooden and uninspired prose style,
this book demonstrates once again that research and compilation must
be supplemented with good writing and analytical rigor. As a result,
Professor Woodman's work will contribute to an improved perception
of the place of the cotton trade in southern history, but can hardly
be judged the last word on the subject.
University of Texas at Austin LEWIS L. GOULD
Campaigning With Parsons' Texas Cavalry Brigade, C.S.A., the War
Journals and Letters of the Four Orr Brothers, 12th Texas Cavalry
Regiment. Edited by John Q. Anderson. Hillsboro (Hill Junior
College Press), 1967. Pp. xv+173. Illustrations, index. $6.oo.
This book comprises the Civil War record of the four Orr brothers-
Henry, Robert, James, and Lafayette, sons of a yeoman farmer who
lived near Red Oak Creek, in Ellis County, Texas. Henry, Robert, and
James, aged twenty-four, twenty-two, and twenty respectively, enlisted
in the late summer of 1861 in the Ellis County Rangers, a company
of horse soldiers. Assigned to Colonel William H. Parsons' Texas Cav-
alry Brigade, Henry and Robert served throughout the war with this
company and brigade. James and Lafayette, the latter of whom en-
listed in 1862 when he was eighteen, were separated from their broth-
ers and ended up in General Thomas J. Churchill's brigade. The two
brothers were captured at Arkansas Post, paroled, and later fought in
Tennessee and Georgia. Meanwhile, Henry and Robert spent the war
in Arkansas and Louisiana. Remarkably, all four of the brothers sur-
vived the war and returned to Texas.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117146/. Accessed March 10, 2014.