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fication and leaves much to be desired. It is difficult to understand
how Brazoria, Copano, Dimitt's Landing, Harrisburg, New Braunfels,
San Augustine, San Patricio, Tenoxtitlhn, Wheelock, and others come
to merit such a designation. The reference to the Santa Fe Expedition
as the "Santa F6 Pioneers," is also difficult to understand.
The placing of rather extensive notes at the end of the book should
please the general reader, although it makes the use of the book awk-
ward for the more serious scholar. Texas Under Arms should prove
to be a useful ready reference for those who are interested in Texas
military history of the days of the Texas Republic.
The Encino Press is to be congratulated for another excellently
designed book, and Barbara Whitehead deserves to be commended for
her careful preparation of the maps.
Their Tattered Flags: The Epic of the Confederacy. By Frank E. Van-
diver. (New York: Harper's Magazine Press, 1970. Pp. 362. Il-
lustrations, maps, bibliography, index. $1o.oo.)
Frank Vandiver is rightly honored by his fellow Civil War historians
for his studies of Stonewall Jackson, Josiah Gorgas and Confederate
ordnance, and the Confederate command system. The heart of the
present excellent book is his discussion of Confederate logistics-the
procuring, distributing, and sustaining of the gray-clad armies in the
field. The Civil War was a total war, requiring the mobilization of
all material and moral resources; but the South's transportation system
was dismally unsuited to the demands made upon it. President Jef-
ferson Davis boldly met these logistical limits with a well-conceived
"offensive-defensive" policy, which conserved southern manpower
while awaiting favorable opportunities for counterthrusts. Such a
plan would prolong the war until the northern people tired of the
contest. Later, after it failed, Davis' Fabian policy would be damned
as timorous. "And yet," asks Vandiver, "who dares more desperately
than the man who parries strength with time?"
Centralization was vital to Confederate survival and Davis taught
himself to think nationally; he became in time, Vandiver believes, a
modern chief executive. "The Confederacy was more truly his creation
than many guessed; his spirit compelled it, his devotion gave it pur-
pose. He built his country largely by changing himself, by making


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