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Soldiers, Sutlers, and Settlers: Garrison Life on the Texas Frontier (Clayton Wheat Williams Texas Life Series) Hardcover – October, 1987

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ROBERT WOOSTER is an assistant professor of history at Corpus Christi State University. He earned a Ph. D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 and spent three years there as a research assistant for James A. Michener.
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  • Series: Clayton Wheat Williams Texas Life Series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Texas a & M Univ Pr; 1st edition (October 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890963568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890963562
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,887,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 25, 2010
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For the generation before the present one (or two), John Wayne in "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and similar films epitomized the public's image of the U.S. Army on the 19th century American frontier. Such depictions made it clear that the military life had at least as much to do with social interaction and raising families and alleviating boredom as it did with actually suppressing the Indians. Frontier garrison life has always intrigued me, perhaps because I grew up on army posts myself. And while there were a great many similarities among posts, whether they were located in Montana or Arizona, the Texas experience did have a number of unique features. For one thing, Texas was never federal land but an independent republic, with its own military -- on the Indian frontier, that meant the Rangers -- and when the U.S. Army did move in, after the conclusion of the War with Mexico, it had to contend with an already-existing Anglo settlement culture, even in west Texas, where the government found it useful to establish several rings of forts along the Rio Grande and Texas's other major rivers to contain both the Indians and the pressure of settlement. This was a dynamic process, not a static defensive presence, with new forts being build and old ones abandoned as the settlement moved westward, so life among the soldiers, officers, dependents, and mercantile service people never really had the chance to settle down.Read more ›
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