Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Texas Biography Series (TCU Press)

Texas A&M University Press is at the center of a distribution consortium of many small presses located in the state. I don't think I have any Texas Christian University Press titles in my library, but a pair upcoming releases from TCU's Center for Texas Study's Texas Biography Series look to be of interest.

Edmund J. Davis was one of the most important and controversial Texas unionist leaders, militarily as the commander of the 1st Texas Cavalry (U.S.), and after the war in vying with other figures like A.J. Hamilton for political power. I look forward to reading Carl H. Moneyhon's biography Edmund J. Davis of Texas: Civil War General, Republican Leader, Reconstruction Governor, due out early next month.

It looks like the series webpage hasn't been updated in a long while, and I haven't found much information yet for John S. "Rip" Ford: Fighting for Texas by Richard B. McCaslin. Ford, who commanded cavalry units stationed along the Texas-Mexico border during the Civil War, is a major figure in Texas history and deserving of a full biography.

On a different note, my search for Ford book info came up with a nugget from Prof. McCaslin's CV, which listed another forthcoming book project of interest, A Distant Thunder: The Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi (U. of Nebraska Press).

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