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regarding aspects of his private life, such as his strong interest in the
Irish fight for independence, would have supported a more "flesh and
blood" description of him. At any rate, the story of Cullinan's business
career is quite a tale to tell in itself. Professor John O. King's version
of it is both scholarly and interesting.
Southern Methodist University ROGER M. OLIEN
Hood's Texas Brigade: Lee's Grenadier Guard. By Colonel Harold B.
Simpson. (Waco: Texian Press, 1970o. Pp. xv+5s2. Footnotes,
plates, maps, bibliography, index. $1o.oo.)
Few Civil War military units can lay claim to greater distinction
than Hood's Texas Brigade. Named for its popular commander, John
Bell Hood, the Brigade consisted primarily of the First, Fourth, and
Fifth Texas Volunteer Infantry Regiments. At various times these
Texas units were joined by regiments from Georgia, South Carolina,
or Arkansas, but at all times a majority of the Brigade consisted of
Colonel Harold B. Simpson, a dedicated student of the Civil War,
has long been interested in Hood's Texans. In 1963 he wrote From
Gaines Mill to Appomattox, a detailed account of one company of
the Brigade. In 1968 the first of his projected four-volume study of
the Brigade entitled Hood's Texas Brigade in Poetry and Song ap-
peared. Hood's Texas Brigade: Lee's Grenadier Guard is the second
volume in the series.
Lee's Grenadier Guard is a carefully researched and skillfully writ-
ten account of the Brigade's participation in the Virginia and Ten-
nessee campaigns. The volume is not for the faint-hearted, as Hood's
Texans played a major role in some of the bloodiest fighting of the
war. Over 500 casualities were sustained by the unit in six engage-
ments-Gaines Mill, Second Manassas ("the greatest battle loss that
the Brigade would suffer during the war"), Sharpsburg (which Colo-
nel Simpson calls "Antietam," the northern name for the battle),
Chickamauga, Gettysburg, and Wilderness (where the Brigade sus-
tained nearly 70 percent casualties). When the final surrender was
conducted at Appomattox only 617 of 5,300 men who had served in
the Brigade were still on active duty.
Colonel Simpson's volume will take its place on bookshelves as the
most complete account of Hood's Brigade. Fully utilizing both pub-
lished and manuscript materials, the author has done an excellent job


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