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Readers should be aware, however, that Campbell's account does not span his
entire career but only the period from his enlistment in March 1862 through his
return to Texas in October 1862, where he was sent to recover from a wound he
received at Second Manassas. The brevity of the journal leaves one wishing that
Campbell had finished his reminiscences because the information he provides is
interesting and useful.
The editors, Skoch and Perkins, filled in the gaps about Campbell's life for
the reader, though. Campbell returned to his regiment and was wounded again
at Chickamauga. Unable to resume his place in the ranks, he was assigned to
brigade staff as a courier. He received a final wound at Darbytown Road and was
sent home. Undaunted, he was planning to organize a cavalry company when
the war ended.
The editors have linked Campbell to one of the ANV's most dramatic
episodes. On May 6, 1864, Gen. R. E. Lee ordered the remnants of Hood's
Texas Brigade to drive the Federals from the field. After giving the order to
advance, Lee rode forward with the brigade as it marched toward battle. Men
and officers of the brigade as well as Lee's own staff demanded that he turn
back, shouting "Lee to the rear!" As a courier on brigade staff, Campbell wit-
nessed the event and left a account of the affair in October 1868 in a periodical
entitled The Land We Love.
The editors have taken a brief diary and turned it into an important docu-
ment that anyone interested in Hood's Texas Brigade needs to read. They pre-
served his grammar and spelling, something that lets Campbell's character show.
They provide endnotes that identify or explain people or events that may not be
clear in the text. The maps are well done although Campbell's regiment is not
always as clearly identified as it could have been.
Lone Star Confederate is the type of book that appeals to both scholar and gener-
al reader. The first will find it valuable for the historical details it contains. The
latter will find it a compelling tale of a young man at war. The book works on
both levels and Skoch and Perkins are to be thanked for bringing it to light.
The Alamo RICHARD BRUCE WINDERS
The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of x862. Edited by Gary W. Gallagher. (Chapel
Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. Pp. xxii+255. Map, illustra-
tions, bibliographic essay, contributors, index. ISBN o-8078-2786-X.
This volume is the eighth in the continuing series, Military Campazgns of the
Czvil War, edited by Gary Gallagher. As its predecessors, it is a useful collection
of essays written by thoughtful scholars of the American Civil War. While the vol-
ume is not necessarily what one would call revisionist, it nevertheless offers a
number of unusual and occasionally contentious representations of the
Shenandoah Valley Campaign, of Abraham Lincoln's response to the campaign,
and of Stonewall Jackson's reputation, as well as other curiosities that will pique
the interest of readers of Civil War history. The modifications begin immediately
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