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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The Texas Catholic Historical Society has recently reprinted Wilder-
ness Mission, the second volume of Preliminary Studies of the Texas Catholic
Historical Society as part of its Studies in Southwestern Catholic History
series. Edited by TSHA Fellow Frank de la Teja, this volume reflects the
two-fold agenda of Father Paul J. Foik, C.S.C., president of the TCHS
and chair of the Knights of Columbus Historical Commission. As a
member of a state commission involved in organizing the 1936 Texas
Centennial, Foik was in a position to promote a positive view of the
state's Catholic heritage. His agenda was, first, to highlight the heroic
efforts of Franciscan explorer-missionaries to seek out and Christianize
the native peoples of Texas, and, second, to integrate Spanish-Catholic
activities into an understanding of Texas's patriotic heritage. Thus, the
inclusion in the volume of Carlos Castafieda's 1932 Columbus Day
address to the Knights of Columbus, "The Six Flags of Texas," in which
he pays tribute to Franciscan missionaries, Foik's article on the early
plans for German Catholic colonization in Texas, and the translated
documents of the Teran Epedition into Texas (1691-1692). As de la
Teja writes, while the studies often demonstrate "culturally unfashion-
able or unacceptable attitudes," they "attest to a rich documentary lega-
cy that remains one of the few windows on the world of the Texas
Indians," and they "document the early struggle to make a large por-
tion of the state's population confident in its place in Texas and
American history." Wilderness Mission is $19.95, paper, plus $1.50 for
shipping and handling. For order information, contact the TCHS at
1625 Rutherford Lane, Bldg. D, Austin 78754-5105 or visit the society's
website at http://www.onr.com/user/cat/TCHS.htm.
General Scurry is one of the lesser-known generals of the Civil War
unless one is familiar with the Red River Campaign in the spring of
1864. Charles Anderson has brought to life William "Dirty Neck Bill"
Scurry, as Sam Houston called him, and educates us about a forgotten
hero and public servant. Scurry was a Republic of Texas congressman, a
soldier in the Mexican War, owner and editor of the Austin State Gazzette,
and a Confederate general who played a crucial role in the recapture of
Galveston in 1863. Scurry died from a mortal wound at the battle of
Jenkins Ferry in May 1964. The book's central theme is that Scurry was a
dedicated man not only to his family but also to his friends, comrades in
arms, and the state of Texas. Anderson, who has authored several books
on Scurry County and Snyder, Texas, has written a readable account of
the man for whom Scurry County, Texas, was named. The book is avail-
able for $35 from Deep Creek Book Company of Snyder, Texas.
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