The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 165
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OTIS A. SINGLETARY, Editor
Love is a Wild Assault. By Elithe Hamilton Kirkland. New York
(Doubleday Publishing Company), 1959. Pp. 502. $4.95.
The Runaway Scrape was gaining in its awesome momentum
when Harriet Page and her two small children were swept into
that panicky exodus of Texas settlers fleeing for their lives before
the marauding advance of Santa Anna's army. The Mexicans
were moving eastward across the sparsely settled Republic in
confident pursuit of General Sam Houston and his forces. Old
men, women, and children, in every sort of primitive conveyance,
and on foot, were slogging across the muddy Texas prairies in
Dressed in her most attractive New Orleans finery, the winsome
Harriet was on her way to visit a neighboring family when an
alarm was sounded and the entire settlement of Brazoria left
posthaste to join the passing mass exodus that probably knows
no counterpart in the annals of American history.
Riding up on a horse in company with other officials sent to
guide the terrified refugees to the coast and the safety of waiting
ships at anchor, was Robert Potter, late of North Carolina, and
recently appointed secretary of navy of the Republic of Texas.
Observing the charming young mother's pitiful condition, he ap-
proached her with an offer of help which was gratefully accepted.
Hereby hangs the dramatic tale of those who were caught in
the maelstrom of Potter's brief but fiercely intensive role in one
of the frontier's most sensational episodes.
Elithe Hamilton Kirkland, author of Divine Average, has set
forth in her new historical novel, Love is a Wild Assault, the ex-
ceptional life stories of these two persons who were cast together
by strange twists of fate into the midst of a revolution and the
birth pangs of a new Republic.
Harriet Ames, the former Mrs. Solomon Page, and later the
consort of Potter, was eighty-three years of age when she wrote her
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