The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 77, July 1973 - April, 1974 Page: 529
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these two Texas towns, you will discover that these books are among the best,
if not the only, ones available.
Colorado State University DAVID MCCOMB
The Army of the Republic of Texas: A Portfolio. By J. Hefter. (Fort Collins,
Colorado: The Old Army Press, 1973. Illustrations. $Io.)
Texas in Revolt: Contemporary Newspaper Accounts of the Texas Revolution.
Compiled by Jerry J. Gaddy and illustrated by J. Hefter. (Fort Collins,
Colorado: The Old Army Press, 1973. Pp. I39. Illustrations. $io.)
Joseph Hefter is no newcomer to the field of early military dress. As a result
of his diligent research, he has already portrayed in a number of works the uni-
forms and accouterments of eighteenth and nineteenth century Spanish, Mex-
ican, and American foot soldiers and horsemen. This portfolio consists of six
plates with each one depicting two uniformed men from various branches of
the Texas army. The source for these plates is Uniforms of the Army of the
Republic of Texas, a sixteen page facsimile booklet that accompanies the port-
folio. Although it does not say so, this booklet is an extraction from a larger
work entitled General Regulations for the Government of the Army of the
Republic of Texas that was published in Houston in 1839. According to Thom-
as Streeter's Bibliography of Texas, 1795-1845, number 372A, these uniform
regulations "follow closely the General Regulations for the Army of the United
States, City of Washington, 1835." Both the plates and the booklet are con-
veniently pocketed within a simulated leather bound quarto size folder.
As the title implies, Texas in Revolt is a compilation of contemporary arti-
cles from a variety of American newspapers bearing accounts of the revolution
in Texas. Although the purpose of the book, according to the introduction, is
to let "you see the Texas Revolution as contemporary Americans saw it," and
to give the reader that "feeling of the moment," it possesses little or useful
value beyond these aims, and is probably of major interest to only the casual
reader. The compiler's failure to include the dates of the newspapers quoted
seriously impairs each article's research value. Moreover it deprives the reader
of an appreciation of the spacious time lag during that period when weeks and
sometimes months separated an event's occurrence from its appearance in
print. Nevertheless, Gaddy's book, despite this criticism, is enhanced by the
illustrations of J. Hefter and is probably unique in its coverage of a subject
about which little remains to be written.
Eagle Pass, Texas
BEN E. PINGRNOT
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