Judith Austin Mills, noted writer of historical fiction books set in Texas, has completed her latest novel in a Texas Revolution trilogy, This Dove Shall Fly (Austin, TX: Plain View Press, 2018). Her earlier books were How Far Tomorrow: Remembering the Georgia Battalion in Texas (2011) and Those Bones at Goliad; a Texas Revolution Novel (2015). One of the main characters in This Dove Shall Fly is James Peter Trezevant. Judith relied on this website for the historical background of the real-life J.P. Trezevant, and she portrays his experiences in the Texas Revolution quite accurately, including his involvement in the Battle of San Jacinto. Judith’s books are available from Plain View Press, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. I am deeply grateful to Judith for capturing so well the life of J.P. Trezevant and the realities of the Texas Revolution. R.W.T.
Judith Austin Mills publishes The Dove Shall Fly (June 21, 2018)
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There were roughly 500 volunteers under Fannin’s command during the Texas Revolution–the Georgia Battalion and the Lafayette Battalion. So, I was astonished to learn that Robert W. Trezevant’s ancestor and my own served in the very same company. They sailed from New Orleans together, trained, camped out, faced privation, and fought Mexican forces alongside one another. I feel so fortunate to have learned the life story of battalion survivor James Peter Trezevant through this website and from correspondence with Bob T. and Rick Allen. I believe our ancestors would be uplifted to know that we remembered them and befriended each other over 180 years after their Texas service.
WHISTLING THROUGH THE DOOM
The dove of peace carries heavy burdens throughout the Texas Revolution. The atrocities at Goliad and Refugio are vividly retold so as not to be overshadowed by the better known battle at the Alamo. A river of blood flows across Texas lands and torrents of tears ride its current toward Independence. But Judith Austin Mills’ Trilogy does not dwell solely on sorrows and hardships but also paints moving affirmations of friendships, loyalties, support among women and acts of bravery. Private James Trezevant, a young freedom fighter feels the presence of his dead father as he writes to him. He remembers how his father used to whistle through doom and that recollection strengthens him. In the end reconciliation and peace are fitting metaphors for this remarkable book.