The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 433
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picturesque, as in the passage describing the LIT cowboys in
action, "They leant over on their horses, and when a wild
steer rattled his hocks and took to the breaks, they 'tromped'
on his fetlocks and gathered him in with a small, neat loop."
Through effective characterization and anecdote the author
brings to life many of the unique personalities-range bosses,
windmillers, camp men, and cowpunchers-who contributed
to the Littlefield story and tradition.
The biography is divided into fifteen chapters, each dealing
with a significant phase of Littlefield's career. Since he was
essentially a man of action, his life story is a record of constant
effort and achievement, of the prosecution of wisely conceived
plans in a determined drive toward self-appointed goals. Born
on a Mississippi plantation, he was transplanted to Texas at
the age of nine and grew to manhood in the Guadalupe bottom
near the historic town of Gonzales. Here, assisting his wid-
owed mother in her efficient management of the family estate,
he early developed those qualities of initiative, courage, and
sound business sense which compensated for his lack of formal
academic training. Litlefield was a true son of the South, and
throughout his life, this loyalty was a motivating force. At
the outset of the Civil War, when he was but nineteen years
of age, he enlisted with Terry's Texas Rangers and saw active
service in Kentucky and Tennessee. He was breveted as a
major for gallantry in action and, temporarily crippled by
wounds, was forced to retire from the conflict. Returning to
Gonzales, he took up the life of a cotton planter, enjoyed
several years of prosperity and good crops, then suffered dis-
heartening reverses which left him burdened with debt. With
characteristic resilience young Littlefield turned his attention
to more lucrative pursuits. Horse trailing proved interesting
but financially disappointing, so the resourceful young man
cast his eyes up the cattle trail and made a momentous decision.
The author devotes fully one-half of the volume to an ac-
count of the successive trail and ranching enterprises that ex-
panded the Littlefield cattle industry to vast proportions.
Beginning with that first venture in the spring of 1871 when
Littlefield, with about eleven hundred head of cattle, "joined
that rough and ragged migration of Texas trail men that
moved slowly and hopefully, but recklessly, up the trail to
Kansas," the story moves forward in an ever-widening are
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944, periodical, 1944; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146054/m1/482/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.