By Robert Wooster
The suggestion of the West conjures intriguing photographs of tenacious women and men, large expanses of unclaimed territory, and emotions of either experience and lonesome isolation. situated astride communique traces linking San Antonio, El Paso, Presidio, and Chihuahua urban, the us Army’s publish at fortress Davis commanded a strategic place at an army, cultural, and monetary crossroads of nineteenth-century Texas. utilizing large examine and cautious scrutiny of lengthy forgotten documents, Robert Wooster brings his readers into the realm of castle Davis, a spot of come upon, conquest, and community.
The castle right here spawned a thriving civilian cost and served because the financial nexus for neighborhood improvement Frontier Crossroads faculties its readers within the day-by-day lives of squaddies, their dependents, and civilians on the castle and within the surrounding region. The ensuing historical past of the fascinating mixture of Hispanic, African American, Anglo, and eu immigrants who got here to citadel Davis is a benchmark quantity that might function the traditional to which different submit histories can be compared.
the army garrisons of citadel Davis represented a wealthy mosaic of nineteenth-century American existence. all the army’s 4 black regiments served there following the Civil battle, and its garrisons engaged in lots of of the army’s grueling campaigns opposed to Apache and Comanche Indians. Characters comparable to artist and officer Arthur T. Lee, William “Pecos invoice” Shafter, and Benjamin Grierson and his kinfolk come alive less than Wooster’s pen. Frontier Crossroads will improve its readers with its cautious research of lifestyles at the frontier. This ebook will attract army and social historians, Texas historical past buffs, and people looking a list of adventure.
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