The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

fended in a civilian court by Richard Coke, who became Texas's first
post-Reconstruction governor. Steiner later attained some political
prominence but found his way to ultimate success blocked by his ene-
mies-including Sam Houston-who did not hesitate to blacken his
name and loudly proclaim him a murderer.
Others who figured in the affair included Lieutenant James M. Hawes,
later a Confederate brigadier general at Vicksburg; Lieutenant Rich-
ard Anderson, afterward a Confederate lieutenant general and com-
mander of Lee's First Corps; and Edward J. Gurley, who defended An-
derson for his role in the affair, commanded a Confederate cavalry
regiment, and went on to prominence in Texas legal and political
circles.
The second part of the trilogy is Hill County's first census (186o),
briefly introduced. Although much information can be extracted from
the document, the book might have benefited from more extensive
analysis than the author gives it.
The concluding piece is a history of the Old Settlers and Confederate
Veterans Reunion Grounds, now owned by Hill Junior College: again a
bit of local history that speaks broadly of the era between the Civil War
and World War I, and of how a people regarded their role in the late
national rift. For the first and last parts of the book, Colonel Simpson
has made comprehensive use of sources, including Fort Graham post
returns, old newspapers, and interviews.
As an aggregation of three somewhat diverse parts, the work lacks
cohesiveness. Yet it will find appreciation among persons interested in
the history or social modes of Texas at this stage in its development. It is
unfortunate that the book was not given closer editing and proofing.
Bonham, Texas ROBERT S. WEDDLE
Memoirs for the History of the War in Texas. By Vicente Filisola. Translated
by Wallace Woolsey. (Austin: Eakin Press, 1985). Pp xxxviii+226.
Foreword, preface, biographical sketch, editor's prologue, intro-
duction, illustrations, summary, index. $16.95.)
Published in 1848, at perhaps the lowest point in Mexico's history as a
nation, these memorias, here translated and published in part for the
first time in English, have nothing to do with Filisola's actions as Santa
Anna's second-in-command during the Texas Revolution, or in fact, the
war in Texas. These are covered in his Representaci6n, defending him-
self to the Mexican government. This book, rather, is a polemic dealing
with the background of the conflict, part a history, part an account of
Filisola's acts as commander of the Eastern Internal States from 1833,
and part a commentary on men and events. It was intended as a de-

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117152/. Accessed August 29, 2014.