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the publication of Mark M. Boatner's Civil War Dictionary. It is an im-
pressive collection of facts about Texas that range from the well known
to the almost completely obscure. The contents are divided into five sec-
tions: "Military Facilities and Their Locations," "Economy in Wartime
Texas," "The Civil War on Texas Water," "Profiles and Anecdotes of
Texas," and "Texas During the War." Although it is difficult to say
whether or not listings of such things as, say, soldiers' recuperation
homes and clothing depots are complete, it is correct to say that Bill
Winsor offers the best and most complete listings to date. The work is
lacking in reference notes, especially in the "profiles" section. Texas in
the Confederacy should attract readers interested in the state's history
and it deserves a place on the bookshelf next to the desk of all scholars
on this topic.
Professor Martin Hall, the dean of this subject, has produced a solid
research tool with his publication of The Confederate Army of Netw
Mexico. He first presents a brief and brilliant twenty-five page survey
of the Confederates' campaign in New Mexico. After that, he describes
the commander, offers the unit records (mainly actions involved in and
casualties) and then goes through annotated muster rolls of the about
2,500 men who made up the headquarters and companies that com-
posed the Confederate Army of New Mexico. This is a very thorough
piece of work that should appeal to scholars of Confederate history.
Hood's Texas Brigade is the fourth and final volume of Colonel Har-
old Simpson's epic study of the history of this unit. The book is divided
into four sections: rosters, illustrations, statistical charts and summaries,
and brigade trivia. The rosters and statistics are for students and for rela-
tives of the brigade members, the illustrations and trivia are for the
general reading public. Over 7,000 persons were assigned to this unit
that was comprised of the only three Texas regiments that served in the
Army of Northern Virginia, and they were always supplemented by one
or more out-of-state units so that they could reach brigade strength. In
his preface, Colonel Simpson says that he added the "trivia" part to
amuse the general reader who was not a scholar of the war and who had
no relative in the unit. Knowing him as I do, I would say that it was
also because he wanted to share with us the many strange facts and
funny stories that he came up with in his many years of deep and serious
research on this remarkable unit. The final volume is a fitting ending
to his massive study.
Texas ArlM University
ALLAN C. ASHCRAFT
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