The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 97, July 1993 - April, 1994

Book Reviews

One of the most predictable aspects of Professor McLean's series is the unpre-
dictability of what he will choose to include in the way of documents and materi-
als in addition to what one might normally expect. The current volume is no
exception. While it is primarily concerned with land and Indians, he also in-
cludes items related to the organization of a horse race and the 1840 bylaws of
the Austin Masonic Lodge. For some readers, these documents will seem irrele-
vant, but if interested, they will learn that Sterling Robertson's entry was sired by
a horse named Backside!
As usual, Professor McLean's command of his material, particularly his cross-
referencing to items in earlier volumes, is most impressive. Genealogical infor-
mation will be most useful for readers who have such interests. In a number of
ways, the volume reflects the careful effort of a capable and conscientious team.
Typographical errors are practically nonexistent and the organization is consis-
tent.
Lamar University ADRIAN ANDERSON
Life of Robert Hall, Indian Fighter and Veteran of Three Great Wars. By "Brazos."
(Austin: State House Press, 1992. Pp. xxx+126. Introduction, index. $14.95
cloth, $60.oo first edition.)
Civilizers: The DuVals of Texas. By Roy L. Swift. (Austin: Eakin Press, 1992. Pp.
xii+577. Preface, prologue, epilogue, photographs, notes, bibliography, in-
dex. $32.95.)
The Magnificent Barbarians: Little Told Tales of the Texas Revolution. By Bill and Mar-
jorie K. Walraven. Illustrations by John C. Davis, Jr. (Austin: Eakin Press,
1993. Pp. xiii+225. Preface, introduction, appendices, sources, index.
$18.95.)
These volumes offer sharp contrasts in content, style, and methodology. The
Life of Robert Hall, a reprint of the 1898 edition, is based on the reminiscences of
an early settler who arrived in Texas shortly after San Jacinto. Civilizers traces five
generations of a prominent family in a well-documented volume. The Magnificent
Barbarians, an entertaining collection of articles on Texas subjects before mid-
1836, is admittedly unscholarly and devoid of notes.
State House Press enriches students of early Texas by reprinting The Life of
Robert Hall, an often-overlooked volume heretofore unavailable in all but the
rarest of libraries. Several photographs enhance the book, and Stephen L.
Hardin's new introduction provides clarification of and commentary on Hall's
life, the pseudonymous editor, and the original edition.
Hall himself reflects from personal experience on the battles of Plum Creek,
Medina, Salado, and Buena Vista, and about frontier leaders Mathew "Old
Paint" Caldwell, Edward Burleson, John C. Hays, and Henry and Ben McCul-
loch. He also provides interesting, if exaggerated, accounts of the hardships of
frontier life, characteristics of Lipan and Tonkawa Indians, bear hunting, and
disturbing experiences of a Confederate soldier. This volume also includes brief

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