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Congress is carefully traced and summarized. This is followed
by "A List of the Titles of the Several Editions of the Session
Laws and the Statutes at Large of the Congress of the Con-
The format, typography and appearance of the work are
attractive. "This volume is published in memory of William
E. W. WINKLER.
The University of Texas.
Zachary Taylor: Soldier of the Republic. By Holman Hamilton.
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1941. Pp. xviii, 301. Notes,
illustrations, and bibliography. $3.50.
Mr. Hamilton, editorial writer of the Fort Wayne Journal-
Gazette, has written a painstaking and thorough account of
"Old Rough and Ready" through the Mexican War. The book
is sure to satisfy scholars with its accuracy and devotion to a
voluminous group of contemporary letters and records; it will
also please the general reader with its easy style and sustained
interest. The deep research is not a burden to the reader, but
is evident in the careful and well chosen notes comprising fifty-
three pages at the end of the text. A second volume as projected
will deal with Taylor's nomination and election to the Presi-
dency, and with his brief incumbency.
In this first volume Mr. Hamilton traces the slow rise of
Taylor after he entered the Army at the age of twenty-three,
without allowing the detail of events to become tedious, whether
Taylor's duties be recruiting, building forts, or fighting Indians.
Notable in this duty was his defense of Fort Harrison in 1813.
Following his discharge from the Army at the close of the War
of 1812, Taylor went to the family plantation near Louisville,
and for a short period settled down to farming. "But love of
land gave way to passion for military duty," and by late 1816
Major Taylor was back in the Army, assigned to Fort Howard.
In this section of the book the domestic life of the Taylor
family as well as the life of a frontier garrison is ably por-
trayed. The author has corrected many "fantastic traditions
and folklore" regarding Taylor. Events are interestingly told;
for examination, the Battle of Bad Axe during the Black Hawk
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146053/. Accessed December 27, 2014.