Bourland in North Texas and Indian Territory During the Civil War: Fort Cobb, Fort Arbuckle & the Wichita Mountains

                                                                                         by Patricia Adkins-Rochette

                                                                      

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Review by Donald Jones, Research Historian

This compilation study is monumental in both its effort and scope. It is a veritable treasure trove for anyone researching the Texas frontier and the Indian Territory in the period immediately before, during, and after the Civil War; and its copious rosters, name indexes, primary source materials, and maps are not to be found in any other single volume or work.

As with any other research that involves such a massive amount of primary material, (which in most cases had to be deciphered and transcribed by hand, with no cross references available), there are some typos and misspellings, but the author has an established and ongoing system of additions and corrections in place, in order to accommodate updated editions and mailings.

While its value to the researcher lies mainly in its source material and the unparalleled compilation of the major and minor players in Texas history during the period covered, (along with their local, county, and state level military, quasi-military, and ranger affiliation); its value to the average reader lies in the chosen overview material, detailing the hardships of, and interrelationship between, Texan and Indian, and Texan and "Yankee." This overview, along with its bibliography, will act as a catalyst for the reader, and compel him or her to pursue the subject matter in more narrative and subjective form.

This reviewer heartily recommends this work to historians everywhere, to anyone with a love of history and the Civil War, and to anyone who has an affinity with Texas.

Donald John Jones, Jr., Ewing NJ
Research Historian

DJNJPI@aol.com

 

   

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