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the politicians will respond with whatever short-term solution will see them
through the following election.
The Oliens have provided a well-researched, argument-laden, and genuinely
entertaining book that is sure to cause a "dust up." Like all good historians, they
have crafted a work that initiates discussion of the topical issue of federal regula-
tion of business, a discussion that resonates in our nation today. Can you say
Tamzng Texas: Captain William T. Sadler's Lone Star Service. Stephen L. Moore.
(Austin: State House Press, 2ooo. Pp. 387. Prologue, appendices, notes, bib-
liography, index, lists. ISBN 1-880510-68-5. $34.95, cloth.)
North Carolina-born William Turner Sadler moved to Texas from Georgia
and witnessed much history during the often turbulent years between his arrival
in Texas in 1835 and his death in 1884 (he did spend two years in California,
returning to Texas in 1851). Sadler fought at San Jacinto and against the
Cordova Rebellion, and many witnesses say he fired the shot that killed Chief
Bowles during the Cherokee War. Sadler also served in the Republic of Texas
Congress and state legislature and is even reported to have fought with Terrell's
Texas Cavalry during the Civil War despite being well into his sixties.
This book, written by Sadler's great-great-grandson, is not intended to be a
traditional biography of the frontiersman as it is an overview of the history
Captain Sadler lived through, partly because of a lack of primary source material
regarding Sadler. Yet one cannot fault the author's research. Relying heavily on
family documents, government documents, muster rolls, rare personal journals
and genealogical research, as well as the standard books and newspaper and
magazine articles, Stephen L. Moore has put together a well-documented look at
the subject's life and times.
Moore presents his study in a straightforward style, although he overuses
phrases such as "barbaric savages," "raging Indians," "brutally massacred," and
"scene of butchery" while detailing the Edens-Madden massacre of October 18,
1838 (pp. 134-39). Captain Sadler's first wife and infant daughter were among
the nine settlers killed during the Houston County attack. Another child, one-
year-old Lycurgus Murchison, was either killed or abducted by Indians, believed
to have been Kickapoos.
Although Moore is forced to skim over much of Sadler's many roles because
of the lack of documentation, he presents incidents such as the Edens-Madden
massacre and other events of early Texas history with detail. Rosters of the
Nacogdoches Volunteers of San Jacinto and other forces Sadler joined, includ-
ing his Mounted Rangers, are found throughout the book, and the appendices
include Cherokee War participants, Sadler's land records in Texas, and his
At his request, William Sadler was buried quietly and weeks passed before his
friends learned of his death, and Sadler has often since been overlooked and



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