The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 350

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Lee's Centennial, an address delivered by Charles Francis Adams
at Washington and Lee University, January 19, 1907 (Boston
and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1907, pp. 76), is
an additional bit of the evidence now appearing from time to time
that the North and South are at last beginning to understand each
other and to appreciate the real difficulties and problems that were
created for the honest and conscientious leaders on both sides by
sectionalization due to slavery and by the Civil War. Written by
a man who served in the Union army throughout the war and who
has no apology to offer for having done so, it is at once an unan-
swerable vindication of Lee and a most magnificent tribute to his
achievements and his character. "As to Robert E. Lee, individ-
ually," s s Mr. Adams, "I can only repeat what I have already
said,-if in all respects similarly circumstanced, I hope I should
have been filial and unselfish enough to have done as Lee did" (p.
21). Further on he uses still stronger words: "Speaking ad-
visedly and on full reflection, I say that of all the great characters
of the Civil War, and it was productive of many whose names and
deeds posterity will long bear in recollection, there was not one
who passed away in the serene atmosphere and with the gracious
bearing of Lee" (p. 57). More than this, it would be difficult to
say.
Margaret Ballentine or the Fall of the Alamo: A Romance of
the Texas Revolution. By Frank Templeton. Published by the
Author. Houston, Texas. 1907. Pp. 244.
Ramrod Jones, Hunter and Patriot: A Tale of the Texas Revo-
lution against Mexico. By Clinton Giddings Brown. 'The Saal-
field Publishing Company. New York and Chicago. Pp. 321.
The avowed purpose of the first book is "to pay a deserved trib-
ute to the men who fell at the Alamo." "The many episodes that
go to make up the story are strung upon the golden chord of love,"
and the author says that he will feel repaid for his labor if the vol-
ume serves "to keep alive the spirit of patriotism among our peo-
ple, and to lighten the labors of the Daughters of the Texas Repub-
lic in perpetuating the glorious deeds of our ancestors." Mr.
Templeton shows some evidence of ability to write serious history,
and his knowledge of the period of the Texas Ievolution is con-
siderable, but he has not achieved a very happy result in the field

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