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Sharps rifles and Spanish mules : the San Antonio--El Paso mail, 1851-1881 / by Wayne R. Austerman.

By: Austerman, Wayne R. (Wayne Randolph), 1948-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, c1985Edition: 1st ed.Description: x, 367 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0890962200; 9780890962206.Subject(s): Postal service -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Coaching (Transportation) -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | San Antonio (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century | El Paso (Tex.) -- History -- 19th centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Sharps rifles and Spanish mules.DDC classification: 383/.49764 Other classification: NW 3500 Also issued online.
Contents:
After the Eagle Screamed -- "Notice to Travelers" -- A Tangled Weave -- "I'll Be Damned If I'll Die!" -- "From No Place through Nothing to Nowhere" -- Hard Passages -- Omens and Rivals -- The Flame and the Talons -- Thrones for the Ravens -- Coopwood's Try -- The Brash Reinsman -- The Knives of Winter -- "Charges against the Service" -- Concord Suffrage -- The Savage Recessional -- Chronology of the San Antonio-El Paso Mail, 1850-1881.
Summary: History of stage coach lines that served South Texas during the 19th Century.
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HE6376.A1 T417 1985 (Browse shelf) Available 0000000688747

Includes bibliographical references (p. [325]-355) and index.

Also issued online.

After the Eagle Screamed -- "Notice to Travelers" -- A Tangled Weave -- "I'll Be Damned If I'll Die!" -- "From No Place through Nothing to Nowhere" -- Hard Passages -- Omens and Rivals -- The Flame and the Talons -- Thrones for the Ravens -- Coopwood's Try -- The Brash Reinsman -- The Knives of Winter -- "Charges against the Service" -- Concord Suffrage -- The Savage Recessional -- Chronology of the San Antonio-El Paso Mail, 1850-1881.

History of stage coach lines that served South Texas during the 19th Century.

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CHOICE Review

Austerman's solid study of the mail line running from San Antonio to El Paso is a stirring episode of frontier history. Based on field research and diligent library research, especially in government records and newspapers, Austerman's book relates the origins, management, and decline of the stagecoach line. Several men who operated this business between the gold rush and the coming of the railroad, including Henry Skillman, George Giddings, Ben Ficklin, and Francis Taylor, confronted enormous problems: a hostile environment, a parsimonious post office department, an army that often provided too little protection, and ferocious Apache and Comanche raiders who attacked stagecoaches and stations. Austerman provides information on the advantages of Sharps rifles but little on the merits of Spanish mules. Additional accounts by drivers and passengers on this dangerous route would be useful. Austerman has as much enthusiasm for the stage service as its resourceful owners. He also sometimes interprets Native Americans in the same stereotypical way those owners did, e.g., a meteor display, he writes, resembled ``to the Indians...the sparks that leaped forth when the blade of a scalping knife was drawn across a whetstone.'' Excellent maps, comprehensive chronology, and extensive bibliography. Public and academic libraries, community college level and up.-G.T. Edwards, Whitman College

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