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few letters remaining from 1863. After Longstreet was wounded at the
battle of the Wilderness in early May, 1864, Goree spent most of the
ensuing five months with the general as he convalesced in Virginia and
Georgia. A letter written near Richmond, Virginia, on December 18,
1864, is the last for the war years. A travel diary traces Goree's journey
southward with Longstreet after Appomattox as far as northeastern
Alabama, where it ends on August 6, 1865. Goree was probably with
his family before October i, 1865, after an absence of four years and
three months.
The first generation of former Confederates cloaked their defeat in
religion and in the process elevated Lee to the status of a Protestant
saint. Longstreet, who apostatized by becoming a Republican during
Reconstruction, was made a scapegoat for the defeat at Gettysburg. In
a May 12, 1875, letter, the general asked Goree to send him his recol-
lections of the Gettysburg campaign. "All that you positively know
and remember, all that General Lee said in your hearing as well as all
that I said, are particularly important" (p. 283). Goree's reply, quoting
Lee as taking responsibility for the defeat, is the only one of his letters
preserved in the Longstreet papers at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill. Other Goree letters written during and after the Civil
War with reference to Gettysburg are missing.
This handsome book is a valuable addition to the already extensive
literature on the Army of Northern Virginia. Scholars would welcome
a projected revised edition, with more complete annotation and
thirty to forty Civil War drawings by Colonel Thomason.
The University of Texas at Austin NORMAN D. BROWN
Equal Justice Under Law: Constitutional Development, 183 5-1875. By
Harold M. Hyman and William M. Wiecek. (New York: Harper
8c Row. 1982. Pp. xv+571. Acknowledgments, editors' introduc-
tion, illustrations, appendix, bibliographical essay, index. $20.95.)
The authors of this fine addition to the New American Nation Se-
ries have accomplished three major tasks. First, they present a tradi-
tional survey of constitutional history from the antebellum period to
the end of Reconstruction. Nothing new or profound is presented in
their analysis of the major Supreme Court cases or the make-up of the
Court, but they do present a useful, and generally lucid, overview.
Texas readers will be particularly interested in the discussion of the
important Reconstruction case Texas v. White (1869).


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