LONE STAR CONFEDERATE: A Gallant and Good Soldier of the Fifth Texas Infantry

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LONE STAR CONFEDERATE: A Gallant and Good Soldier of the Fifth Texas Infantry, Robert Campbell, Mark W. Perkins, and George Skoch, eds., Texas A&M University Press, College Station, 2003, 163 pages, $27.50.

Lone Star Confederate, a delightful book, relates its story with the genuine emotion of its author, Robert Campbell, who had recently fought in the war he describes. The Civil War began in 1861, when Campbell was a student in Louisiana. In 1862, he enlisted in the famous Texas Brigade in Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, where he served off and on from the spring of 1862 until he was wounded for the fourth and final time in autumn 1864.

Lone Star Confederate is the story of the campaigns in which Campbell participated between April and September 1862. During this time, General John Bell Hood's Texas Brigade began carving out its reputation as the hardest fighting brigade in Lee's Army, having participated in the Peninsula Campaign, the Seven Days Battle, and the Battle of 2d Manassas, during which Campbell was wounded in the leg and sent home to convalesce. …