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action in the lines at Valverde and was in the forefront of the fighting at
Glorieta. The vividness of his journal is best exemplified when Peticolas
writes of how a wounded comrade, shot through the cheek at Valverde,
calmly cuts off a piece of his bloodied tongue with a Bowie knife, or
how Peticolas himself, in the heat of the fighting at Glorieta, converses
with a Union major (probably Samuel F. Tappan of the First Colorado
Volunteers) who mistakenly thought Peticolas to be a Union recruit.
Also included are thirty-six of Peticolas's pencil drawings of Fort Hud-
son, Fort Lancaster, and Fort Davis, as well as of buildings and churches
in Socorro, Albuquerque, Peralta, Galisteo, Bernalillo, and Santa Fe.
Unfortunately the first of Peticolas's journals, covering the training
and consolidation of the brigade in San Antonio and the march across
the deserts of West Texas to Fort Bliss and up the Rio Grande to Val-
verde, was lost when the Rebel supply train was destroyed in Apache
Canyon by Major John M. Chivington's raiding Pikes Peakers during
the battle of Glorieta. Also regrettable for anyone interested in the
Louisiana campaigns of the Sibley brigade is the fact that the third
journal was not published.
Don E. Alberts is to be congratulated for his well-written and accu-
rate introduction, which traces the history of the brigade from its or-
ganization in San Antonio to the battle of Valverde, where the journal
commences. Alberts's painstakingly thorough, scholarly, and extensive
annotations, as well as his exemplary editing of the valuable Peticolas
journal, should also be noted. In his thoroughness, Alberts, with the
help of his wife, traced not only Sibley's invasion route but also his dis-
astrous retreat through the foothills of the Magdalena and San Mateo
Mountains, locating Sibley's camps at the various springs and watering
holes through artifact collecting. The Peticolas journal makes for fas-
cinating reading and belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in
the Confederate invasion of the Territory of New Mexico.
Laredo Junior College JERRY THOMPSON
The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians.
By Francis Paul Prucha. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press,
1984. Pp. xxxii+ 1,303. Prologue, acknowledgments, maps, illus-
trations, tables, preface, notes, appendices, bibliographical essay,
inclpx Sfin)_
Written by the dean of United States Indian-policy historians, this
two-volume history of the development of U.S. Indian policy and the
relationship of the tribes to the federal government should become the
standard reference work on these subjects for the foreseeable future.


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