The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941

Book Reviews

war ended. It was Buckner who arranged the terms of the sur-
render of the Trans-Mississippi Department.
When he was finally allowed to return to Kentucky after the
war he engaged successfully in law suits to recover valuable
properties of his wife. Thereafter he lived quietly and unosten-
tatiously, slowly recovering his popularity. In 1887 he was
nominated by the Democrats of Kentucky for the governorship
and after a hard campaign was elected. He made an able and
honest governor and was re-elected in 1889. He also served in
the constitutional convention of 1890-91. He was a candidate
for the United States Senate in 1895 but withdrew and, as
already noted, was nominated by the "Gold Democrats" for the
vice-presidency in 1896. Thereafter he lived quietly until his
death, in his ninety-first year, in 1914.
General Buckner was worthy of a biography and the book
is worthy of the man. In addition to its excellent text it has
a helpful biography and a satisfactory index.
CHARLES W. RAMSDELL.
The University of Texas.
Border Captives. By Carl Coke Rister.
Norman: The University of Oklahoma Press, 1940. Pp. x, 220.
Maps, illustrations, and bibliography. $2.00.
In Border Captives the author does not propose a history of
the southern plains Indians, nor of border wars. He does pre-
sent a compelling account of the captive traffic in the Great
Plains country from 1835 to 1875, during which period the
white settlers were continually harassed by the Indians in a
disconcerting variety of ways. Professor Rister, in his calm,
scholarly manner tells the stories of raids in which women and
children were taken and sold into slavery or forced to live
among the Indians. Not much embellishment would be re-
quired to turn this book into a series of truly hair-raising
tales-the intrinsic drama is there! Parts of Kansas, Colorado,
New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico felt the full force
of mounted bands of Kiowas, Comanches, Cheyennes, Arapa-
hoes, and Apaches attempting to prevent white settlement of
their hunting grounds. Among these most war-like of the
North American tribes, to steal horses and mules, to kill and
scalp settlers, or to capture white women and children, with-
out sense of wrong-doing, were marks of valor and recognized

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