More Zeal Than Discretion
The Westward Adventures of Walter P. Lane
Western History - Civil War
6 x 9, 264 pp.
11 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 09/01/2008
Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest
  cloth
Price:        $35.00

978-1-60344-070-7

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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More Zeal Than Discretion

The Westward Adventures of Walter P. Lane

By Jimmy L. Bryan Jr.

Walter P. Lane emigrated from Ireland as a young boy, fought in three wars, sailed the Texas coast with a privateer, and traveled to California and Arizona in search of gold. What drove this man, who in many ways typifies the adventurers who contributed to the westward expansion in the United States during the early nineteenth century?

Through his mining of personal papers, memoirs, contemporary sources, and archived collections, Jimmy L. Bryan Jr. has produced a comprehensive portrait of the man who charged across the field at San Jacinto, aided in the removal of Indians and Tejano settlers from the East Texas Redlands, stormed Monterrey with the Texas Rangers during the U.S.-Mexican War, commanded a brigade of Confederate soldiers during the Civil War, supported the return to white rule during the turbulent Reconstruction era, and served the State of Texas in various public capacities. Bryan shows how the adventurism of Lane and his comrades provided both ethos and impetus for the westward migration.

More Zeal than Discretion will appeal to historians and readers interested in Texas and the West, the Civil War, and the culture of American manhood.

JIMMY L. BRYAN JR. previously edited for publication the 1887 memoirs of Walter P. Lane. He is an assistant professor of history at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

What Readers Are Saying:

“ The definitive biography of Walter Paye Lane. The task of pursuing Lanes involvement through three wars was an enormous one, and the many productive years of the authors engagement with his chosen subject are obvious.”--James E. Crisp, North Carolina State University

“ The definitive biography of Walter Paye Lane. The task of pursuing Lanes involvement through three wars was an enormous one, and the many productive years of the authors engagement with his chosen subjectwq are obvious.” --James E. Crisp, North Carolina State University

“Well written and should be on the book shelf of all those interested in the history or the state.” --Mexia Daily News

". . . a valuable contribution to our understanding of individuals and institutions in nineteenth- century America. Given Lane's importance in the development of Texas and the American West, such a biography has been long needed. The author has done an outstanding job."--Ralph Wooster, Lamar University (Retired).

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