The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986

Book Reviews

cences," reviews the postwar careers of the various commanders of the
regiment. It makes a fitting end to a book that should be included in
the libraries of all Texas, Confederate, and Civil War history buffs and
John Spencer's book concerns the activities of one company and part
of another company from Corsicana and Navarro County that fought
in the Army of Northern Virginia. One group of local fire-eaters (Texas
Invincibles), who could not wait for the Navarro Rifles to fully organize
and train, took off for East Texas and joined the Marshall Guards
(Company E, First Texas Infantry Regiment). The Marshall Guards
were among the first companies of Texans to reach Virginia. This
double biography becomes confusing at times, principally because the
two Corsicana units were in different regiments. The Navarro Rifles,
which became Company I, Fourth Texas Regiment, and the Texas In-
vincibles fought in most of the major battles in which the Army of
Northern Virginia was engaged. As part of Hood's famous Texas Bri-
gade, the Navarro County soldiers saw much action and suffered great
casualties. The original commander of the Rifles, Captain Clinton M.
Winkler, late in the war commanded the Fourth Texas Infantry Regi-
ment as a lieutenant colonel. He went on after the war to become an
outstanding legislator and jurist.
Spencer does an excellent job of analyzing and tabulating the casu-
alties and other vital statistics of the Corsicana soldiers fighting with
Lee. The extensive appendix includes a comprehensive roster of Wink-
ler's men and those who joined the Marshall company. Present-day
photographs of important battle sites where the companies were en-
gaged supplement the text and add interest to the volume. Those inter-
ested in Texas and Confederate history in general, and Navarro County
history in particular, would do well to add Spencer's book to their
Hill Jr. College HAROLD B. SIMPSON
In the Line of Duty: Reflections of a Texas Ranger Private. By Lewis C.
Rigler and Judyth Wagner Rigler (Houston: Larksdale Press, 1984.
Pp. 192. Foreword, photographs, illustrations. $12.95-)
Lewis C. Rigler is what the Rangers are all about. He was not flashy
or a publicity seeker; he did not rise from private to captain; he did not
participate in investigations or cases which stirred the news media to
days, even weeks, of sensationalism. Instead, Rigler gave the Rangers
and fellow Texans thirty years of steady service and able, on-the-job


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