Standing in the Gap: Army Outposts, Picket Stations, and the Pacification of the Texas Frontier, 1866-1886

Overview


After the Civil War, the United States Army faced a tremendous challenge on the Texas frontier. Military authorities had to overcome major obstacles in mobility and communications, and they had to learn a far different kind of warfare to defeat the Kiowa, Apache, and Comanche Indians.

Large military posts have been examined in detail in numerous books written about the Texas frontier, but the importance of smaller outposts and picket stations has been generally overlooked. In ...

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Overview


After the Civil War, the United States Army faced a tremendous challenge on the Texas frontier. Military authorities had to overcome major obstacles in mobility and communications, and they had to learn a far different kind of warfare to defeat the Kiowa, Apache, and Comanche Indians.

Large military posts have been examined in detail in numerous books written about the Texas frontier, but the importance of smaller outposts and picket stations has been generally overlooked. In Standing in the Gap, Loyd M. Uglow examines these smaller outposts in relation to the larger forts that controlled them and explores their significance in military strategy and the pacification of the frontier. The army’s role in the settlement of West Texas has been, until now, explained through biographies of prominent officers and histories of both Indian campaigns and the larger forts. With only passing mention of outposts such as Grierson’s Spring, Van Horn’s Wells, and Pecos Station in these texts, the stories of picket posts have gone, for the most part, untold.

Relying on sources such as archival records of the commanding forts, newspapers, and letters and journals, Uglow describes the reasons for establishing and deactivating approximately seventy outposts, as well as detailing their functions, contributions, accomplishments, inhabitants, and overall importance in populating the frontier.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875652467
  • Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Loyd M. Uglow is a professor of American history at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. He is a retired commander in the United States Naval Reserve. His other publications include Abraham Lincoln, Won’t You Ever Give Up (1997) and Benjamin Franklin, You Know What To Say (2000).
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Fort Stockton and Its Outposts 21
3 Fort Clark and Its Outposts 41
4 Fort McKavett and Its Outposts 55
5 Forts and Outposts of the Lower Rio Grande 67
6 Fort Richardson and Associated Posts 81
7 Fort Griffin, Its Outposts, and Supply Camps on the Staked Plains 105
8 Fort Elliott 119
9 Fort Concho and Its Outposts 131
10 Fort Davis and Its Outposts 147
11 Fort Quitman, Camp Pena Colorado, and Fort Hancock 171
12 Postscript 179
Notes 181
Bibliography 217
Index 227
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