The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969 Page: 532
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Without the mustangs of these plains, the cattle would not have been
driven north. Texas might not have survived. This was the region that
produced the proud and resourceful pioneer of the llanos mestenas who
really is the "Texan." In this region was the first cowboy and the first
quarterhorse. The Santa Gertrudis cattle were developed here, being the
only breed of beef cattle that has been developed and admitted to registry
in the United States.
There is the awareness of the plains, the feel of the dryness and the heat,
the experience of wide-open distances in these accounts. Primary sources
used in abundance give the book authenticity. Of these, the maps and
pictures are most helpful. Llanos Mestenas contains good source material.
The frontier tales have been collected and put together by a loving heart
and steadfast hands.
Corpus Christi, Texas MRS. FRED B. NORRIS
Civil War Sites in Oklahoma. By Muriel H. Wright and LeRoy H. Fischer.
Oklahoma City (Oklahoma Historical Society), 1967. Pp. 59. Illus-
This slender but meticulously researched volume is a reprint and en-
largement of material which appeared earlier in The Chronicles of Okla-
homa. For each of eighty-six sites related in some significant way to the
Civil War (only twenty-nine are actual battle locations), the authors pro-
vide description with distances from towns and major highways, and a
concise statements of the events which make the site important enough to
warrant its inclusion in the guide.
The absence of an index and table of contents are serious faults, and
the lack of a map is especially regrettable because the authors themselves
prepared the excellent historical map included with the 1963 edition of
the official Oklahoma Highway Map. Since site descriptions are arranged
alphabetically within counties, the only way to find the entry for a par-
ticular location or a cross reference is by thumbing pages in hit-or-miss
Despite these inadequacies, this paperback will be welcomed by Civil
War buffs and by those interested in the local history of Oklahoma.
Texas A&M University HERBERT H. LANG
Conquest of the Prairies. By Harry A. Stroud. Waco (Texian Press), 1968.
Pp. xii-+281. Illustrations, map, index.
During his years as a newspaperman in Texas and Oklahoma, Harry
Stroud became interested in the American Indians. Reflecting this interest,
he has attempted to write a readable account of the subjugation of the
plains Indians while not pretending to present any new material. Conquest
of the Prairies, however, deals with only some of the tribes of the Southern
Plains. Although the narrative covers a period from 1540 to the death of
the Comanche chief Quanah Parker, in the twentieth century, it is neither
a complete nor organized account of the conquest of the Southern Plains.
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