The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 525
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and rare accounts of the history of Goliad, the massacre of Fannin,
and life in the Victoria vicinity. The work of Elizabeth McAnulty
Owens which is included among these is itself an outstanding
descriptive account of life in that area.
Third, through the Reverend Edward Kircher of Goliad, taped
interviews with some members of original Spanish and Mexican
families still living in the vicinity of La Bahia were obtained.
Much valuable historical material has been thus recovered, in-
cluding the legend of the Statue of Our Lady of Loreto.
Mrs. O'Connor concludes her book with a discussion of the
findings of archeologist Roland A. Beard and a description of the
work done by architect Raiford Stripling. A map of "Fort De-
fiance," as it was called during the Texas Revolution, is included
as an insert at the back of the book. The map was drawn by
"Adjt. Joseph M. Chadwick of N. Hampshire" who was killed
during the Fannin massacre. It is a good description of the
fortifications which were planned for the old fort and has served
as a basis for the "restoration work" now in progress at La Bahia.
Throughout this beautifully bound volume are many fine
prints picturing the fortress over the years as well as an attractive
display of some of Stripling's architectural work. There is an
excellent bibliography and an equally thorough index as well
as some footnoting throughout the text.
Additional insights concerning many of the persons mentioned
in Presidio La Bahia might be gained from reading Victor Rose's
History of Victoria (recently reprinted with corrective notes by
Mrs. O'Connor). Another study, helpful in reviewing the Spanish
period, is an article entitled "La Bahia" by Joe B. Frantz in the
recent book, Six Missions of Texas.
In conclusion it might be stated that Mrs. O'Connor's work has
provided both a significant contribution to Texas historical source
material and a basis and stimulant for more detailed research in
particular areas. A history of Mrs. O'Connor's family would be
a welcome contribution to Texas history. There is also much
room for a full publication of the archeological findings at La
Bahia, as well as a thorough examination of the one-hundred
years of the Spanish era.
Goliad, Texas JAMIE BYRNE
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