The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 132
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Mexico, Green raised a company of volunteers which became
Company "C" of John C. Hays' regiment. His daring aggressive-
ness during the battle of Monterrey won him commendation as a
soldier and a leader. Green returned to his clerkship until the
outbreak of the War for Southern Independence when he resigned
to enter the army as colonel of the 5th Regiment Texas Mounted
Volunteers of the Sibley Brigade. Green played a prominent role
in the disastrous New Mexico campaign and he displayed especial
bravery and leadership at the battle of Valverde. Green took part
in the recapture of Galveston with his dismounted cavalry serving
as marines. He was shortly thereafter transferred to Louisiana
where he served under General Richard Taylor at the head of a
cavalry division. Green was promoted to brigadier general to date
from May 2o, 1863, and Taylor later recommended him for a
major generalcy. Green participated in the Teche campaign of
1863 and in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill. At Blair's
Landing on the Red River on April 12, 1864, he was instantly
killed when struck in the head by a shell fired from a Federal
gunboat. Taylor considered the loss of this daring, aggressive sol-
dier as irreparable. Green's body was returned to Austin, where
on May 2, after one of the largest funerals in the city's history, it
was interred at the family burial plot in Oakwood Cemetery.
Tom Green, in author Odie B. Faulk's opinion, is a "forgotten"
hero of Texas. He has written this work, therefore, "to lift Green
from the obscurity into which he has so unjustly fallen and re-
store him to the high place he deserves in the general histories of
Texas." That Tom Green deserves a scholarly biography, there
can be no doubt. But Faulk's work is anything but scholarly.
The author maintains in his preface that "Great men are usu-
ally not studied because of an oversight or because insufficient
material is available. In the case of General Tom Green it has
been a case of oversight for sufficient material exists to justify a
closer examination of his contributions to Texas and the South."
Faulk's greatest oversight is his failure to utilize sufficient primary
materials. He also apparently is unable to assess their relative
validity and worth. The bibliography is likewise astonishing for
its lack of recent scholarship, especially in regard to the New
Mexico campaign and the campaigns in Louisiana. He does not
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965, periodical, 1965; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101198/m1/156/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.