GAINES’ MILL TO APPOMATTOX: WACO & McLENNAN COUNTY IN HOOD’S TEXAS BRIGADE.
Waco: Texian Press, 1963. xii,294pp. Index. Bibliography. Notes. Illustrations. Battlefield maps (6). Appendices. Errata slip. Hard cover. First edition. Externally, except for minor foxing to the top edge and two spots on the foredge, it is a fine copy. Internally, the pages are clean with the ink ownership stamp of the great-great granddaughter of James Harper Starr, first Treasurer of the Republic of Texas. The dust jacket shows toning, most noticeably on the spine, with minor edgewear and light chipping, overall good+. This is the history of Company “E”, “Lone Star Guard” of the 4th Texas Infantry raised in Waco and McLennan County. The unit received their baptism of fire at Gaines’ Mill and fought at Second Manassas, Antietam, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, the Wilderness, and Appomattox. The author includes a well-balanced account of the hardships, humor, and gives other insights not found in most books. As a former military officer, Simpson’s insights into the strategy employed General Lee and his officers contribute to a better understanding of events. Well researched with excellent documentation, it is highly recommended.