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During this first American war recorded by the camera, Texans fought in every theater while at the same time defending their home turf from Yankee invasion and Kiowa raids led by Santana. Moneyhon (history, Univ. of Arkansas) and Roberts, director of the Central Arkansas Library System, have searched archives and museums and borrowed from private collections and families to create this seventh volume in the award-winning "Portraits of Conflict" series (other states covered in the series include Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina). As the title states, most of the pictures here are portraits, with a few views of ships or towns. All ranks are included, from Gen. John Bell Hood, the youngest general of the Confederacy, who lost both an arm and a leg in the conflict, to teenaged foot soldiers like J.C. Camp. In many of the 250 views we see intense young men staring into the camera, but there are also group shots indicating brotherhood, or portraits with wives or children. Along with each image the authors have included a brief service record or sketch of the person. By doing so they have certainly achieved their stated goal of putting a human face on a terrible conflict. For all regional and subject collections. [Roberts was LJ's Librarian of the Year in 1997.ÄEd.]ÄJoseph C. Hewgley, Nashville P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Moneyhon and Roberts's attractive photographic history of Texas during the Civil War focuses on the common soldiers and citizens of the Lone Star State. The 12 narrative chapters and 250 well-reproduced and fully identified photographs cover everything from the state of photography in wartime Texas to the New Mexico campaign, from the war in Indian Territory to Hood's Texas Brigade, and from the home front to the immediate postwar era. Dozens of soldier portraits give a personal feel to the coverage, but the editors have also included photographs of city scenes, battlefields, military camps, warships, and monuments. The narration provides a good short history of Texas during the war and add significantly to the usefulness of the volume. Moneyhon, author of several books on Arkansas and Texas, and Roberts, a professional librarian, have produced a valuable addition to the historical literature on Texas and the war in the trans-Mississippi region. Maps, an appendix, endnotes. All levels. R. G. Lowe; University of North Texas