The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 313

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of the every day life of the Confederate soldier. It has much good
historical matter. Its great fault is its brevity, and a failure to
deal more with the personalities of the men who composed this
famous command. The memory of the war between the States,-
a few of its great generals, its campaigns and its battles, will live
forever, but the names of tens of thousands of the brave spirits
that went down in that awful conflict have long since faded into
utter oblivion. It seems to the writer that the main function of
a sketch of this sort is to rescue such names and inscribe them
upon a roll of fame that will be accessible to all the generations
that are to follow. It would interest the average reader, who is
familiar with the political record of Colonel Wigfall, to know the
details of his military record during the brief period he com-
manded this regiment, and to know more of Lieutenant Colonel
Black, its actual commander, 'ho was killed at Ethan's landing.
A complete roster of this regiment would be a valuable historical
document of itself. As instances of how little is known, even of
our most prominent Confederate officers, the writer had to consult
an Alabama book to find a sketch of General John Gregg,-the
official records at West Point for one of General Horace Randall,
and personal inquiry among a large number of the survivors of
the Terry Rangers failed to elicit any information about Colonel
B. F. Terry's life previous to his brief military career. Such
matter embraced in sketches on the order of Captain Todd's will
greatly enhance their permanent historical value.
The Missions and M issionaries of California. By Fr. Zephyrin
Engelhardt. (San Francisco, Cal.: The J. H. Barry Company,
1908. Vol. 1, pp. xxii, 654.)
Father Engelhardt is the author of "Franciscans in California,"
1897, but the present work is to be much more extended. The
first volume contains an account of the origin of missions, and an
account of Franciscan labors in North and South America. It
deals briefly with the early voyages to the California coast, and at
length (on the annalistic plan) with the Jesuit, Franciscan, and
Dominican periods in Lower California.
The claim of the book is that it has been "compiled from origi-

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