The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963 Page: 495
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and military historians frequently have overlooked or failed to
consult Davis's work (for example, John Dyer in his The Gallant
Hood makes no reference in either footnotes or bibliography to
Davis's account). Consequently, Donald E. Everett and the
Principia Press of Trinity University have combined to bring out
this new and expanded edition of Davis's study.
Born in northern Alabama, Nicholas A. Davis was ordained
as a Presbyterian minister in the late 1840's and in 1857 moved
to Bastrop, Texas, where he continued his ministry. In the spring
of i861 he joined the 4th Regiment of Texas Volunteers and
accompanied the unit to Virginia in the late summer of that
year. His story covers actions in which Hood's Brigade partici-
pated in 1862, including the Seven Days's Battle, Second Manas-
sas, Sharpsburg, and Fredericksburg. Much of the description is
that of an eye-witness, although on occasion Davis was away from
the battle front and made use of other contemporary accounts.
Davis published his volume largely because he believed the
brigade had received less credit than it deserved; thus, emphasis
is upon a narrative account of battle action. Regrettably, the
author relates all too little of his own experiences and duties as
a chaplain and frequently speaks of the brigade in eulogistic
terms. In most instances he writes with little excessive emotion
but on occasion, as when describing poor transportational facili-
ties, inadequate hospitals and surgeons, or "Yankees" of whom he
states the very term extends "to all their ten thousand schemes
of deception and fraud, and comprehends their every act of lying
and stealing," Davis shows a strong and partisan feeling.
The editor of the present volume corrects numerous spelling
and punctuation errors made in the original edition. Interpola-
tions from Davis's manuscript diary also are incorporated as a
part of the text. Appendices include a list of casualties of the
brigade and a muster roll of the companies of the 4th Texas.
A satisfactory introduction, copious explanatory footnotes, and
an adequate index add to the value of the volume. Unfortunately,
photographs included in the original Richmond edition were
found too poorly defined to reproduce in the present edition.
RALPH A. WOOSTER
Lamar State College of Technology
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