The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 101, July 1997 - April, 1998 Page: 136
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RECOLLECTIONS OF A ROGUE
Edited with an Introduction by William H. Goetzmann
Samuel Chamberlain's My Confession is a classic, ribald tale of
nineteenth-century life. Perhaps the best written account of
a soldier's adventures and misadventures in the Mexican
War and its aftermath, this unexpurgated edition is now
available for the first time, complete with over 150 of
Chamberlain's wonderful textual illustrations reproduced in
full color. If you enjoyed the Chamberlain paintings assem-
bled in Sam Chamberlain's Mexican War: The San Jacinto
Museum of History Paintings, you will be fascinated by the tale
in My Confession that goes
with it and beyond it into
with the scalp-hunting
Glanton Gang (the story
that Cormac McCarthy used
as the basis for his celebrat-
ed novel Blood Meridian).
My Confession is the story of
Samuel Chamberlain, a
Boston boy who hoped to
be a theological student but
could not control his
amorous and pugilistic
inclinations and so left for
the West. According to his
"Confession," he seduced countless women in the U.S. and
Mexico, never missed a fandango, fought gallantly against
Mexican guerillas, and rode with the 1st Dragoons into the
Battle of Buena Vista. His remarkable story is pure melodra-
ma; but Goetzmann has proven by his painstaking research
that much of it is true.
In extensive annotation, the editor has been able to sepa-
rate what is truth from fiction in an account that virtually
every historian of the Mexican War has used as a source.
12 x 9 in., 400 pp. i6o color illustrations, maps, index.
Cloth, $6o.oo Member's price, $5r.oo
2.306 Sid Richardson Hall * University Station * Austin, Texas 78712
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Orders may also be placed through Texas A&M University Press.
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