The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 87, July 1983 - April, 1984

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in the Galveston area, until General E. Kirby Smith sent it to Louisi-
ana in March, 1864, along with other Texas troops, to meet the federal
invasion of the Red River valley. The high point of the regiment's
service came at the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill (April 8 and
9, 1864). Thereafter Terrell's men helped to harass the retreating
Yankees until their final withdrawal from the Red River in May. The
regiment remained in Louisiana for almost a year, returning to Texas
in late April or early May, 1865. Disbandment took place on May 14.
The second half of the book consists of appendices and includes a
biographical sketch of Terrell, a regimental roster, and so forth. In
short, Spencer's book belongs to a time-honored genre of amateur
history that one is glad to see has not died out in this age of
College of William and Mary LUDWELL H. JOHNSON, III
Texas' Last Frontier: Fort Stockton and the Trans-Pecos, 1861-1895.
By Clayton W. Williams. Edited by Ernest Wallace. (College
Station, Tex.: Texas A&8M University Press, 1892. Pp. xv+457-
Preface, illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. $19.50.)
Located astride the Great Comanche Trail in that lawless region
beyond the Pecos where cattlemen, Indians, outlaws, and the army
clashed in the latter half of the nineteenth century, Fort Stockton
seems an ideal setting for one of James A. Michener's epic novels. In-
deed Clayton W. Williams provides more than enough raw material
for the creation of a classic western saga. Unfortunately, this vast mass
of research is delivered to the reader in an undigested and almost in-
digestible form. Rather than sweeping the reader up in the adventure
of Texas's last frontier, Williams's account hurls him into a morass of
unsynthesized minutiae.
Covering the third of a century during which the raw southwestern
Texas frontier was pioneered and tamed, Texas' Last Frontier: Fort
Stockton and the Trans-Pecos, z861-1895 chronicles the clash of forces
in the Civil War, the efforts of the military to subdue the Plains In-
dians, the occupation by cattle- and sheepmen, the era of frontier law-
lessness, and the tragedies and successes of the Texans who settled the
region. The book is particularly rich in anecdotes and stories passed
down from the pioneers who settled the trans-Pecos frontier, including
the author's own father, Judge Oscar W. Williams. In fact the au-
thor's primary objective seems to have been to record information


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