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

By: Wooster, Robert, 1956-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Clayton Wheat Williams Texas life series: no. 2.Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, c1987Edition: 1st ed.Description: xv, 240 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.ISBN: 0890963568 (alk. paper); 9780890963562 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Texas -- History -- 1846-1950 | Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas | Fortification -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Sutlers -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Soldiers, sutlers, and settlers.DDC classification: 976.4/05 Summary: Gift of 20th Cent Club in honor of Ms. Helmecke.
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F391 .W92 1987 (Browse shelf) Available 0000000479220

Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-231) and index.

Gift of 20th Cent Club in honor of Ms. Helmecke.

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Wooster's book is a fascinating description of social and cultural conditions at Texas army posts from 1848 to 1890. This is the story of the people who garrisoned the Texas frontier for half a century: the soldiers, black and white; officers, many from West Point; wives and families struggling with frontier living conditions; merchants trailing the hard currency that Army pay assured; and settlers seeking frontier opportunity tempered by Army protection from Indian attack. Wooster describes how these people lived together in an often hostile environment. He discusses the routine of daily life, economic conditions, dress, cultural activities, entertainment, health, and social life. He captures the sense of loneliness and the search for community that circumscribed 19th-century life in these settlements. Readers seeking detail on specific Texas Army posts should refer to Robert W. Frazer's Forts of the West (CH, Nov. '66), but for a sense of life at those posts, Wooster's narrative is unsurpassed. The book is printed on heavy paper and generously illustrated with original line drawings by Jack Jackson. Unfortunately, captions for the illustrations are only printed at the beginning of the book rather than with each illustration. The bibliography is a rich guide to primary and secondary sources. Highly recommended for undergraduates and general readers.-D.L. DeBerry, United States Air Force Academy

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