Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Texas in the Civil War

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Texas in the Civil War

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Portraits of Conflict: A photographic History of Texas in the Civil War. By Carl Moneyhon and Bobby Roberts. Portraits of Conflict Series. (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1998. Pp. xii, 380. ISBN 1-55728-533-0.)

This most welcome book of Texas Civil War photographs is the sixth in the landmark Portraits of Conflict series and the fourth by Carl Moneyhon and Bobby Roberts. The authors have arranged their work into twelve chapters covering the far-flung experiences of Texans in the Civil War. Each section begins with a narrative followed by related period photographs, mostly individual portraits. Captions, some quite extensive, relate the subject's experiences and compliment the narrative that accompanies each portrait. An alphabetically arranged appendix details the fate of the individual in each picture.

Texans probably fought in more theaters of war than any other southerners, and the book's content reflects this. Among the topics covered are Lone Star soldiers in the New Mexico campaign, at war in the Indian Territory and Arkansas, protecting the Rio Grande and Texas coast, and fighting in Louisiana. While this treatment of the Trans-Mississippi conflict is especially welcome, the authors do not slight political and home front events or the hard-fighting Texans in General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia or those who defended the Confederate heartland.

The major figures of Texas's Civil War involvement are pictured here--or at least those whose photographs survive. Well-known portraits of such men as John Bell Hood, John B. Magruder, Edmund J. Davis, and even Sam Houston are reproduced. Students of Texas Civil War history will also be gratified to see what important but lesser-known personages such as Alfred M. …

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