The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 556
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The Pemberton Press of Austin has recently (1965) published
Maxey's Texas ($4.00), a reprint of an article by Samuel Bell
Maxey, ably edited and with an introduction by David B. Gracy,
II. The article, which appeared in the September, 1893, issue of
Harper's New Monthly Magazine, concerned the resources and
history of Texas.
Maxey is chiefly remembered as just another "Confederate
Brigadier"-perhaps unfairly. Although not a native of the state,
his name is principally associated with Texas, both in peace and
war. A West Point graduate, he served in the Mexican and Civil
wars, practiced law, and was United States senator for twelve
Maxey's article is a rather straightforward account of happen-
ings leading to the Texas Revolution and thereafter. He is, per-
haps, a trifle worshipful of Stephen F. Austin but, on the other
hand, he does not brag that the recently completed state capitol
is taller than the one in Washington.
The question remains: why was the article published in the
first place? Maxey's reasons seem to have been an honest desire to
describe and possibly to "puff" the resources of the state to the
rest of the country. As for Harper's, it would seem that Texas has
long been an item of interest to outlanders.
The Pemberton Press has produced this slender volume in
limited edition. Although one feels a certain regret that several
misspellings mar its "artistic" quality, the book calls attention to
a man too long neglected, and David Gracy's introduction is ex-
tremely readable and informative. Collectors of Texana, take
note. ROBERT L. WAGNER
The Republic of the Rio Grande, by Milton Lindheim, was
published in 1964 by W. M. Morrison of Waco. It is an account
of the self-styled General Antonio Canales and his attempt to
organize a federalist government encompassing all the land south
of the Nueces River to the Rio Grande and the northern states of
The Republic of the Rio Grande was an attempt by Federalist
Canales, under a cloud of patriotism, to break away from the
centralistic government of Mexico and form a new confederation
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