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The Resource Soldiers, sutlers, and settlers : garrison life on the Texas frontier, by Robert Wooster ; illustrated by Jack Jackson

Soldiers, sutlers, and settlers : garrison life on the Texas frontier, by Robert Wooster ; illustrated by Jack Jackson

Label
Soldiers, sutlers, and settlers : garrison life on the Texas frontier
Title
Soldiers, sutlers, and settlers
Title remainder
garrison life on the Texas frontier
Statement of responsibility
by Robert Wooster ; illustrated by Jack Jackson
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In this, the second volume in the Clayton Wheat Williams Texas Life Series, historian Robert Wooster covers life at the forts from reveille to taps, detailing the soldiers{u2019} uniforms, weapons, and duties, along with the activities of the local civilian inhabitants. As the numerous anecdotes of post residents show, military life on the Texas frontier was not one long battle against Indians or invaders. Many of the daily battles waged were against roaches, cholera, inappropriate government-issue items, harsh weather, and personalities. The presence of women in the forts was considered a healthy and civilizing influence by some; others doubted the morals of the fort{u2019}s laundresses among lonely enlisted men. Despite the popularity of gambling and drinking, family environments did flourish at many posts: school was taught, dramatic entertainments were performed, religious services were held, and dances were organized to celebrate almost any occasion. A variety of troops manned the army{u2019}s Texas posts. Blacks and whites, immigrants and Easterners, West Pointers and illiterates all contributed to garrison life. Their presence in Texas until the building of the railroads and defeat of the Indians prompted the closing of the forts affected the state dramatically, often in more subtle ways than fighting. As Sgt. H. H. McConnell explained in the 1880s, 'if we didn{u2019}t actually kill many Indians, who shall say{u2026}[the army] was not a potent factor in settling up the country'"--Publisher's website
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
976.4/05
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F391
LC item number
.W92 1987
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Clayton Wheat Williams Texas life series
Series volume
no. 2
Label
Soldiers, sutlers, and settlers : garrison life on the Texas frontier, by Robert Wooster ; illustrated by Jack Jackson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-231) and index
Control code
15251296
Dimensions
27 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xv, 240 p.
Isbn
9780890963562
Lccn
87001948 //r892
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Gift of L.D. Clark Estate, 2016 (Access. No. 2016-124). From the library of L.D. Clark. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
Soldiers, sutlers, and settlers : garrison life on the Texas frontier, by Robert Wooster ; illustrated by Jack Jackson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-231) and index
Control code
15251296
Dimensions
27 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xv, 240 p.
Isbn
9780890963562
Lccn
87001948 //r892
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Gift of L.D. Clark Estate, 2016 (Access. No. 2016-124). From the library of L.D. Clark. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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