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Lone Star Preacher (Texas Tradition) Hardcover – January 1, 1992

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Product Details

  • Series: Texas Tradition (Book 18)
  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Christian University Press (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875651062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875651064
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,153,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"Lone Star Preacher": Being a Chronicle of the Acts of Praxiteles Swan, M.E. Church South Sometime Captain, 5th Texas Regiment Confederate States Prov. (Currently available on Amazon.com)
This one was written by none other than Capt. John W. Thomason USMC (author of "Fix Bayonets"). The story is a compilation of a number of short stories written for the Saturday Evening Post back in the 20s and 30s. "Praxiteles Baby" (actually a thinly disguised story of Thomason's Grandfather) is a transplanted Virginian who is a Hell Fire and Brimstone Preacher in Texas at the beginning of hostilities. His wife (also a firey Southern lady) is depicted reading "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by firelight and casting the volume into the fire muttering about that "Stowe Hussy"... Praxiteles seeing that his flock will need guidance in the coming hostilities, joins up with the 5th Texas as a Chaplain to see to their spiritual needs. After the first battle, he is found in the woods with a clubbed musket dripping with some sort of gray matter and is made a Captain of the 5th Texas by a general who sees his actions. The rest of the book is an entertaining and in many ways factual story of the Southern Texans in the late War of Northern Aggression. Thomason's narrative style is much like his graphic descriptions of the Marines in Belleau Wood and is definitely worth the read. An extremely talented artist, he illustrates his own books. Examples of Thomason's WWI sketches can be found illustrating the Poem "Rifles" in the Rifle Poetry section of this site - I got permission from the Marine Corps Association to use his sketches - great stuff!
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For years I have read quotes from this tale in other books. I searched for a copy for years. I did not know it was fiction before I bought it. It is so true to life it is a hard book to put down. As a combat Infantryman; I would say that the author has captured what a combat veteran knows about life very well. Read this book; it is way better than "Red Badge of Courage"
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A folksy saga relating the life and experiences of a Methodist Confederate chaplain who becomes an officer in the infantry and sees action in many of the critical engagements of the War of Northern Aggression (as viewed from the Confederate States of America). It's an entertaining read that depicts clearly the horrors of the war, but also the life of the soldiers when they were not in battle.
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It makes you wonder how the Southern Confederacy managed to lose the war having such stalwart spiritual guidance.

To those interested in the Great War I also heartily endorse Col. Thomason's book called "Fix Bayonets".

In an interesting twist the books were both written and illustrated by the author.
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