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Chronicles of Oklahoma
Volume 1, No. 3
June, 1923
Book Reviews

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A book of pertinent historical interest in Oklahoma is a recently published volume entitled “The Union Indian Brigade in the Civil War,” by Wiley Britton, issued from the press of the Franklin Hudson Publishing Company, of Kansas City, Mo. The author of this volume served as an enlisted man in the Federal Army, in the Indian Territory and the neighboring states of Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri during the Civil War and, many years ago, wrote and published a two-volume work entitled “The Civil War on the Border.” The present volume is virtually a history of the Civil War in the Indian Territory with particular reference to the participation of the three military units designated respectively as the First, Second and Third Regiments of the Indian Home Guard, which were recruited among the Cherokee, Creek and Seminole tribes and mustered into the Federal Service. The author has not entirely eliminated the personal element, as he has drawn freely from the diary which he kept while serving as a soldier. Many details of the organization and commissioned personnel of the three Indian regiments in the Federal service are lacking. The book may be accepted as an authoritative work, however, since it throws much new light on the subject and because it presents the statements of an eye-witness to many of the incidents related. The price of the volume is $4.00. It is for sale by the author, whose address is Kansas City, Kansas.

—Joseph B. Thoburn.

One of the recent works of special interest to Oklahomans is “The Chickasaw Nation,” written by Hon. James H. Malone, of Memphis, Tenn., and published by John P. Morton & Co., of Louisville, Ky. Among the many original sources listed in the bibliography, the earliest are the narratives written by the explorers of the De Soto expedition in 1541, who were eye-witnesses to Chickasaw characteristics and customs of that time. The data from these narratives and other early chronicles make the first 400 pages of Judge Malone’s volume by far the

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most interesting and instructive part of this history. It is to be regretted that the author could not have been a resident of the the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, so that he might have given a more detailed, first-hand account of the tribal history since its removal West in 1837. For this reason some of the later details of “The Chickasaw Nation” may be challenged by other historians, but this is due rather to an over-zealous enthusiasm on Judge Malone’s part than to any intention of deviating from the facts. With a word as to the personality of the author, it may be said that Hon. James H. Malone is a prominent lawyer of Tennessee. Judge Malone has been associated with reform work in connection with the Tennessee Bar Association for over thirty-eight years. He has been mayor of Memphis, and has been active in many matters of public interest in his native state. He is a scholar of long years of study and extensive travel and is well fitted for the task he has completed, as much time and effort were spent upon the necessary details for his recent work. The Chickasaws may well be proud to have had such a friend to champion their cause historically.

—Muriel H. Wright.

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