New York and Washington: Neale Publishing Co., 1910. 347pp., plus twenty-five plates including two frontispieces. Publisher's cream buckram, front board ruled in black with gilt title, spine gilt. Moderate wear and staining to binding, joints loosening but holding; light foxing and tanning throughout, occasional light tidelines to upper right corner of text. Good. Item #WRCAM55523
Polley's classic account of the famed Texas Brigade during the Civil War, with which he served for most of the war. In his review of the book, noted Texas historian Charles W. Ramsdell wrote, "Mr. Polley has executed his commission most admirably; the volume is well conceived and well written. The greater part of the story is compiled from the memories and diaries of the author and his surviving comrades, but it is substantiated by the official records as far as have been preserved. Naturally enough, the narrative reflects the experiences of the private in the ranks more than that of the officer, and is not the less interesting for doing that....The author's happy style has made the book very readable, very unlike the great bulk of regimental and brigade histories that are content with little more than muster rolls and the bare recital of marches and battles and losses." General John Bell Hood commanded the brigade for less than six months, but his name stuck with the group, which was made of the 1st, 4th, and 5th Texas infantries, and the 18th Georgia Infantry. The Brigade served primarily with the Army of Northern Virginia, and distinguished themselves at the Seven Days' Battles, Gettysburg, and during the Wilderness campaign. They were with Gen. Lee when he surrendered at Appomattox. HOWES P465. KRICK 401. BASIC TEXAS BOOKS 165. NEVINS I, p.147. Charles W. Ramsdell, Review of HOOD'S TEXAS BRIGADE..., QUARTERLY OF THE TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, Vol. 15.1 (1911), pp.90-1.