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By Loyd Uglow

After the Civil battle, the us military confronted an important problem at the Texas frontier. army specialists needed to conquer significant hindrances in mobility and communications, they usually needed to examine a miles various type of struggle to defeat the Kiowa, Apache, and Comanche Indians.

Large army posts were tested intimately in several books written in regards to the Texas frontier, however the significance of smaller outposts and wooden stations has been ordinarily missed. In Standing within the Gap, Loyd M. Uglow examines those smaller outposts with regards to the bigger forts that managed them and explores their value in army process and the pacification of the frontier. The army’s function within the cost of West Texas has been, previously, defined via biographies of favorite officials and histories of either Indian campaigns and the bigger forts. With purely passing point out of outposts similar to Grierson’s Spring, Van Horn’s Wells, and Pecos Station in those texts, the tales of wood posts have long past, for the main half, untold.

Relying on assets comparable to archival files of the commanding forts, newspapers, and letters and journals, Uglow describes the explanations for developing and deactivating nearly seventy outposts, in addition to detailing their services, contributions, accomplishments, population, and total value in populating the frontier.

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