The book is built around a journal that Henry kept for nine months
in 1861-1862 and around copious letters he and his brothers wrote
home and to each other during the war years. Henry's and Robert's
letters are especially important because of the light they throw on life
in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas in 1862-1865.
Their company formed part of the Twelfth Texas Cavalry Regiment,
commanded by Parsons, which was mustered into Confederate service
on October 28, 1861, at Camp Hebert, two miles below Hempstead,
Texas, western terminus of the Houston and Texas Central railroad.
Remaining in that vicinity until March, the Orr brothers, after a brief
visit at home while en route, marched with their regiment (later a
part of Parsons' Brigade) via Clarksville, Texas, Washington and Ar-
kadelphia, Arkansas, to Pine Bluff, whence they took a steamboat to
Memphis. May 16, 1862, found Henry and Robert on another steam-
boat en route to Little Rock, which was being threatened by a Federal
army under the command of General Samuel R. Curtis. It was at
Little Rock on May 29 that Henry gave up keeping his journal and
mailed it home to his sister.
From late May, 1862, until late June, 1863, Henry, who wrote nearly
all of the letters, remained on duty along the White River below
Batesville and along the Arkansas River below Pine Bluff, marching
to Louisiana late in June. From July, 1863, until the end of the war
he remained with his regiment in Louisiana and Texas in General
Edmund Kirby Smith's army. On May 24, 1865, he returned home.
Editor Anderson has erred in dating the letter on pages 101-104 as
Little Rock, May 26, 1863. Internal evidence shows that it should be
dated May 26, 1862, while the fragment attached to it is correctly
dated May 26, 1863. Except for this rather jarring misplacement of an
important document, Anderson's chronological organization, his in-
troduction, and his explanatory notes are satisfactory. He has, how-
ever, made little effort to locate place names, and the substitution of
a good map in place of the four pictures would have made the book
more useful. His index is of minimal value.
University of Arkansas WALTER L. BROWN
Folk-Songs of the Southern United States. By Josiah H. Combs. Edited
and translated by D. K. Wilgus. Austin (University of Texas
Press), 1967. Pp. xxvii+254. Appendix, index. $6.oo.
When Josiah Combs published his doctoral dissertation, Folk-Songs
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 November 25, 2015.