by Richard G. Lowe
Baton Rouge Louisiana State University Press, 2004. Pp. xiii, 339.
Illus., maps, notes, biblio., index. $39.95. ISBN:0-8071-2933-X
This book is the latest addition to the growing corpus of literature on the previously neglected Trans-Mississippi theater. The division commanded by James G. Walker was somewhat unique in the war that it was the only division whose units came from one state, in this case Texas, throughout the war. Lowe covers the history of the Texas Division from its creation in the spring of 1862 through its service in the Trans-Mississippi to its disbanding in May 1865.
Lowe has done a fine job in painting a portrait of the division, using wide array of sources, both published and unpublished. Particularly valuable here is the attention given to the division’s part in the Red River campaign. He also includes useful sociological data on its soldiers. Given the specialized nature of the topic, this book’s appeal will not be very broad. For students of the Trans-Mississippi, this book is a must.