Synopses & Reviews
The idea of the West conjures exciting images of tenacious men and women, huge expanses of unclaimed territory, and feelings of both adventure and lonesome isolation. Located astride communication lines linking San Antonio, El Paso, Presidio, and Chihuahua City, the United States Armyandrsquo;s post at Fort Davis commanded a strategic position at a military, cultural, and economic crossroads of nineteenth-century Texas. Using extensive research and careful scrutiny of long forgotten records, Robert Wooster brings his readers into the world of Fort Davis, a place of encounter, conquest, and community.
The fort here spawned a thriving civilian settlement and served as the economic nexus for regional development Frontier Crossroads schools its readers in the daily lives of soldiers, their dependents, and civilians at the fort and in the surrounding area. The resulting history of the intriguing blend of Hispanic, African American, Anglo, and European immigrants who came to Fort Davis is a benchmark volume that will serve as the standard to which other post histories will be compared.
The military garrisons of Fort Davis represented a rich mosaic of nineteenth-century American life. Each of the armyandrsquo;s four black regiments served there following the Civil War, and its garrisons engaged in many of the armyandrsquo;s grueling campaigns against Apache and Comanche Indians. Characters such as artist and officer Arthur T. Lee, William andldquo;Pecos Billandrdquo; Shafter, and Benjamin Grierson and his family come alive under Woosterandrsquo;s pen. Frontier Crossroads will enrich its readers with its careful analysis of life on the frontier. This book will appeal to military and social historians, Texas history buffs, and those seeking a record of adventure.
and#8220;Certainly no historian today knows more about Fort Davis than Robert Wooster. . . . all previous attempts to chronicle the history of the post pale in comparison to what Wooster has produced. Using a variety of impressive and often obscure primary and secondary sources, the study is thoroughly documented and scholarly impressive. Perhaps most notable is Woosterand#8217;s ability to ferret out relevant records at the National Archives and various other historical depositories. The end result is a study that both the academic and lay reader is certain to appreciate.and#8221;-Jerry Thompson, Texas AandM International University
"Wooster goes beyond military matters to give readers insightful analysis about the interaction of Hispanics, Anglos, and African Americans." -New Mexico Historical Review
About the Author
ROBERT WOOSTER is the Joe Frantz Professor of History at Texas AandM Universityand#150;Corpus Christi, where he teaches U.S., Civil War, military, and Texas history. His earlier works on the military and the U.S. frontier have won several awards. His andlt;Iandgt;Nelson A. Miles and the Twilight of the Frontier Armyandlt;Iandgt; was a History Book Club selection.