In the summer of 1863 Kate Stone, a twenty-two-year-old refugee from Louisiana, wrote that in Texas she had certainly found "a dark corner of the Confederacy." Excerpts from her diary are among the forty documents dating from the eve of the Civil War to the collapse of the Confederacy, by civilians as well as soldiers in all parts of the state, that make up this lively and informative collection.
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B. P. Gallaway, a professor of history at Abilene Christian University, has provided a new introduction for this third edition of his classic work. His other publications include The Ragged Rebel: A Common Soldier in W. H. Parsons' Texas Cavalry, 1861–1865. This Bison Books edition adds a definitive essay by Alwyn Barr entitled "An Essay on Texas Civil War Historiography."Review:
"Gallaway has assembled eye-witness accounts of various phases, both military and civilian, of the great conflict. . . . [He] has not neglected such important and well-known Texas Confederate incidents as the Twiggs giveaway of the Federal forts in February 1861, Dick Dowling's great victory at Sabine Pass in September 1863, and the battle of Galveston. . . . Along with these famous Civil War events in the Lone Star state the editor has judiciously woven in accounts of the organization of Texas military units, blockade running and the mass hanging of Unionists at Gainesville. . . . An outstanding compilation."—Civil War History (Civil War History)
"A splendid introduction to the period."—Southwestern Historical Quarterly (Southwestern Historical Quarterly)
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Book Description Kendall/Hunt Pub., Dubuque, 1968. Stiff Dec. Wrs. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: None. 2nd. Ed.. Stiff paper covers w/illus of "Congress Avenue in Austin, 1866" on front, 284 pp., frontis., map, index. Particularly valuable for the Texas Civil War Historiography from p. 255-270 by Alwyn Barr. Also the appendix of Events significant to Texas & Texans. Bookseller Inventory # 023650