The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

of culture areas, "be accepted as no more than expressions of ideas
and a stimulus to thought . . ." Indeed, those acquainted with Texas
and its history will find much stimulus for thought in the fresh per-
spective Professor Meinig brings to familiar facts. This essay ad-
mirably succeeds in fulfilling the author's hope that it serve as "a
useful complement to more standard views" on Texas.
Texas Technological University WILLIAM B. CONROY
Force Without Fanfare: The Autobiography of K. M. Van Zandt.
Edited by Sandra Myres. (Fort Worth: Texas Christian University
Press, 1969. Pp. xi+2oo. Illustrations, index. $6.95.)
Khleber Miller Van Zandt was nine when the Republic of Texas
ceased to be, and he lived to see Fort Worth, the city to which he gave
many years of his life, numbed by the depression of 1929. As a small
child he accompanied his parents to Washington, D.C., where his
father, Isaac, had moved in 1842 as the Republic of Texas charge
d'affaires to the United States. There Khleber came to know the aging
John C. Calhoun, who would walk with the small child about the
streets of the capital.
Khleber Van Zandt graduated from Franklin College in Nashville,
Tennessee. He was admitted to the bar at Marshall, Texas, in 1857,
and in the same year married Miss Minerva Peete. Upon the outbreak
of the Civil War, Van Zandt was elected captain of a Confederate In-
fantry company. He participated in battles in Tennessee and Mis-
sissippi, was taken prisoner at Fort Donelson in February, 1862, but,
fortunately, was exchanged that September. The following year he
participated in the Chickamauga-Chattanooga campaigns. Van Zandt
escaped injury in the battle of Missionary Ridge, but later, during
the retreat to Dalton, Georgia, he became ill from a lung condition.
An unlimited leave of absence then followed and he returned home.
Late in 1865 Van Zandt moved to Fort Worth, became a merchant,
and soon became active in encouraging the construction of a railroad
into the town. In fact, by 1873 he had organized the Tarrant County
Construction Company and spent considerable time trying to bring
the Texas and Pacific to Fort Worth. He saw the first T&P locomotive
enter Fort Worth in 1876. He was also successful in helping bring
the Santa Fe, the Katy, and the Fort Worth and Denver into the
growing city.
Van Zandt was also interested in politics and served in the Thirteenth


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