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who was born in Indiana. Most of the group had come to the Lone Star
State before 185o, but four had been in the state for less than a decade
when the war began. Six had never served in public office before, per-
haps a factor which contributed to the comparatively modest record of
performance by the southern Congress. Although a number of the Tex-
ans were loyal supporters of the policies of Jefferson Davis, a number
were loud champions of states rights, particularly Wigfall and Herbert.
None of this group became prominent in the legislative history of the
CSA. Like their colleagues from the other states in Dixie, most of the
Texans served only brief terms in office. Only Williamson S. Oldham
and Wigfall were in the Congress through the entire conflict, with Wig-
fall's loudness being the most conspicuous mark of the Texas delega-
tion. Meanwhile, nine of the delegation served in the Confederate army.
Following the war, the group receded into comparative obscurity: Rea-
gan being a notable exception. The typical pattern was the return to a
vocation which combined farming and a practice of law.
This compilation of brief biographies of Confederate Congressmen is
a remarkably useful companion to Professor Warner's similar works for
Generals in Gray and Generals in Blue. The sketches are unusually in-
formative as well as reliably accurate. Their accuracy even corrects er-
rors in the Dictionary of American Biography and the Handbook of
Texas. In addition, the authors point to important areas of doubt or
the simple absence of data for various individuals. Unfortunately, the
authors were unable to provide photographs of these men as in the two
Generals volumes, but only the most determined critic could find fault
with this splendid work. Every researcher of the Middle Period of
American history will find it an indispensable resource.
Texas A&M University HASKELL M. MONROE
The Papers of Woodrow Wilson: Volume 23, 1911-19gr2. Edited by
Arthur S. Link. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977. Pp.
xvii+687. Illustrations, index. $25.)
This most recent volume of Arthur S. Link's monumental edition of
Woodrow Wilson's papers brings the future president to the point where
Texas Democrats begin to have an important influence on his quest for
his party's nomination in 1912. In the summer of 1911 Wilson writes
letters about prohibition to Texas drys that reveal his ambivalence on
this touchy issue. Meanwhile, Thomas B. Love is organizing the Wilson
movement that will bring the candidate to Dallas in late October, 1911,


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