Stock Image

Soldiers, Sutlers, and Settlers: Garrison Life on the Texas Frontier

Wooster, Robert

9 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0890963568 / ISBN 13: 9780890963562
Published by Texas A & M Univ Pr, College Station, Texas, U.S.A., 1987
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
From K. L. Givens Books (Bella Vista, AR, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since July 20, 1998

Quantity Available: 1

About this Item

Book is bound in blue cloth with bright silver title on spine. No defects to note on book or dust jacket. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR to former owner on title page. "Review Copy" slip present. 240pp., index, bibliography, illustrated. Life at the forts from reveille to taps, detailing the soldiers' uniforms, weapons, and duties, along with the activities of the local civilian inhabitants. Bookseller Inventory # 005784

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Soldiers, Sutlers, and Settlers: Garrison ...

Publisher: Texas A & M Univ Pr, College Station, Texas, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

About this title

Synopsis:

Texas’ frontiers in the 1840s were buffeted by disputes with Mexico and attacks by Indian tribes who refused to give up their life-styles to make way for new settlers. To ensure some measure of peace in the far reaches of Texas, the U.S. Army established a series of military forts in the state. These outposts varied in size and amenities, but the typical installation was staffed with officers, enlisted men, medical personnel, and civilian laundresses. Many soldiers brought their families to the frontier stations. While faced with the hardships of post life, wives and children helped create a more congenial environment for all concerned.

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’ 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’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’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’t actually kill many Indians, who shall say [the army] was not a potent factor in settling up the country.’”

About the Author:

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.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Located in the beautiful Arkansas Ozarks, our home-based shop of approximately 5000 books is open by appointment only. We have a large selection of turn-of-of-century classics in decorative bindings. Our other interests are non-fiction books such as Military, Western Americana, Regional Histories, and Genealogy.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Credit Cards processed through Abebooks, Paypal, and USPS Money Orders.

Returns only if the book is not as described. Customer must contact the seller within seven days of the receipt of the book and return within fourteen days. Refund for the cost of book; return postage not included. Postage rates apply to books of 2.2 pounds or less. Sets and larger volumes subject to additional postage.

Arkansas residents subject to 9.00% sales tax.


Shipping Terms:

Media postage $3.50 for 1st standard-sized book (2.2 lb. or 1 kg), $2.00 each additional book. Sets and larger volumes subject to additional postage; please inquire before ordering. We suggest International customers contact us before placing an order so that the exact weight and postage rate for a particular book can be determined. Arkansas residents are subject to 9.0% sales tax. If insurance is required, contact the seller for a quote on the additional charge. During the holiday season, priority mail is recommended as media-rate mail is often delayed.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

PayPal