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In January, 1860, he was ordered back to Texas, and before
he joined the Second Cavalry, which was then stationed at
Fort Mason, he led an expedition of troops to the Rio Grande
against the outlaw Juan Cortinas; the expedition was disap-
pointing in that Cortinas escaped into the interior of Mexico.
In a short time Texas was to secede from the Union, and Lee
was ordered back to Washington. As he climbed into the army
ambulance to leave the state forever, a fellow-officer asked him,
"Colonel, do you intend to go South or remain North?" His
reply was, "I shall never bear arms against the United States,
but it may be necessary for me to carry a musket in defense
of my native state, Virginia." Lee left Texas unaware of the
great contribution he had made and of the effect that Texas
had had on him. The author concludes that his service there
brought his physical, mental, and spiritual powers into com-
plete co-ordination and made him master of himself.
The study of Lee is in some respects psychological. It is
a thorough study of a little known phase of the great general's
career, and it promises to take a place in the enduring literature
of the Southwestern frontier.
University of Oklahoma
The Last Trek of the Indians. By Grant Foreman. Chicago
(University of Chicago Press), 1946. Pp. 382. Bibliogra-
phy, index, and maps. $4.00.
Another readable, interesting, and valuable book has come
from the gifted pen of Grant Foreman. More than forty years
of painstaking research have gone into Mr. Foreman's efforts
to recapture the history of the American Indians. The volume
under review is ample proof that his efforts have not been in
vain. Already he has told the story of the great exodus of the
Five Civilized Tribes, a story unsurpassed in pathos and ab-
sorbing interest in American history, in his Indian Removal.
Almost obscured in the shadow of this great exodus was the
emigration of numerous smaller detachments of Indians living
farther north. These fragments of once powerful Indian nations
had come to rest temporarily in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
As the avid white man settled those states, he demanded the
lands on which the Indians lived. The experiences of these


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