The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968 Page: 150
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
print, unavailable and practically unknown" sketch of Robert E. Lee by
the aging Jefferson Davis; otherwise, copies of the article could be found
"in only a few of the largest public and university libraries."
The editor has gathered a portfolio of photographs of Robert E. Lee,
including the death mask picture. The lengthy set of notes identifies people
and amplifies the account.
Stephen F. Austin State College JAMES L. NICHOLS
The History of Bell County. By George W. Tyler. Waco (The Texian
Press), 196,6. Pp. xxii+425. Illustrations, maps, index. $8.50.
George W. Tyler was born in Coryell County in 1851. His parents, who
arrived in 1834, were among the first settlers along the Little River in
what later became Bell County. Tyler was graduated from Salado College
in 1871; he continued his education at the University of Virginia and at
Lebanon Law School in Tennessee, from which he was graduated in 1874.
He returned to Bell County and practiced law in Belton until his retire-
ment in 1912.
At his death in 1927, Mr. Tyler's work on The History of Bell County
was incomplete and some of it was in the form of rough notes. These were
used by the editor, Charles W. Ramsdell, who revised and condensed the
original into its present form. The History of Bell County, first published
in 1936, covers the time span from 1827 to the World War I. The topics
include conflicts between settlers and Indians and the trials of the Civil
War and Reconstruction periods. There are detailed reports on business,
religious, educational, and social institutions. The author has inserted
accounts about such intriguing subjects as the Indian Chief Jos6 Maria,
who was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and the "Sanctificationists"
which consisted of a number of female religious zealots of Belton who
gathered into a commune and practiced a strict celibacy, although they
Tyler's book is an excellent example of how local histories can be written
so as to be of general historical interest and importance and not degenerate
into mere genealogical recounts. It also illustrates the way in which dili-
gence and interest can produce a significant work on a subject about
which there might seem to be an insufficient amount of documentary
evidence. This book is one of the best county histories written by a Texan.
San Marcos Baptist Academy ROBERT OZMENT
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