The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 303
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is a general sketch of the Civil War in the eastern half of the
theater of operations.
A professional soldier, Colonel Simpson, with an obvious
sympathy for and understanding of the fighting man, presents
not only vivid accounts of the actual fighting but includes a well
balanced account of the hardships, humor, and other insights
into life in the Confederate army not often found elsewhere.
His clear cut statements of the strategy employed by General
Robert E. Lee and his field officers contribute to a better under-
standing of the events of major importance.
For the first time in history railroads were an important factor
in the conduct of war. References to this form of transportation
and its deterioration clearly demonstrate that the breakdown
of transportation in the South was a contributing factor to its
final defeat. Conversely, contrasts between the ample supplies
of the Union Army and the shortages of the Confederate Army
equally demonstrate that the superior industrial capacity of
the North was a material factor in its victory.
The documentation is of the highest quality and is used in
accordance with the highest ethics of the trained historian. The
literary style is free flowing, vivid, and easy to read. The ap-
proach to the subject is honest; the narrative is presented with-
out bias, except possibly, a natural, professional's admiration
for the fighting qualities of the Texans in general and Company E
in particular. It is refreshing to note that no profanity or other
forms of filth find expression in the work.
The volume is printed on an excellent quality of non-glaring
paper that is hand bound in a high class trade binding. The
type used is clear and well spaced. This reviewer read the entire
volume at one sitting without any difficulty. The craftsmanship
in printing is good; a few errors mar what would otherwise
have been a nearly perfect printing accomplishment.
The narrative, the presentation, and the physical qualities
of Gaines' Mill to Appomattox makes it a desirable and useful
addition to a carefully selected library of Texas, Southern, Amer-
ican, or military history. It is highly recommended by the
JAMES D. CARTER
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964, periodical, 1964; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101197/m1/345/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.