The Old Army in the Big Bend of Texas

The Last Cavalry Frontier, 1911-1921


Author: Thomas Ty Smith

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1625110480

Category: History

Page: 350

View: 2064

Even before Pancho Villa’s 1916 raid on Columbus, New Mexico, and the following punitive expedition under General John J. Pershing, the U.S. Army was strengthening its presence on the southwestern border in response to the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Manning forty-one small outposts along a three-hundred mile stretch of the Rio Grande region, the army remained for a decade, rotating eighteen different regiments, primarily cavalry, until the return of relative calm. The remote, rugged, and desolate terrain of the Big Bend defied even the technological advances of World War I, and it remained very much a cavalry and pack mule operation until the outposts were finally withdrawn in 1921. With The Old Army in the Big Bend of Texas: The Last Cavalry Frontier, 1911–1921, Thomas T. “Ty” Smith, one of Texas’s leading military historians, has delved deep into the records of the U.S. Army to provide an authoritative portrait, richly complemented by many photos published here for the first time, of the final era of soldiers on horseback in the American West.

Frontier Crossroads

Fort Davis and the West


Author: Robert Wooster

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 160344548X

Category: Community life

Page: 210

View: 9929

The U.S. Army's post at this strategic location astride communication lines linking San Antonio, El Paso, Presidio, and Chihuahua City was a place of nineteenth-century encounter, conquest, and community. Wooster presents not only a history of the fort, but provides a look into the daily lives of soldiers and civilians, a blend of Hispanic, African American, Anglo, and European immigrants who lived there.

Testimonio: A Documentary History of the Mexican-American Struggle for Civil Rights


Author: F. Arturo Rosales

Publisher: Arte Publico Press

ISBN: 9781611923025

Category: Civil rights movements

Page: 425

View: 2081

Beginning with the early 1800s and extending to the modern era, Rosales collects illuminating documents that shed light on the Mexican-American quest for life, liberty, and justice. Documents include petitions, correspondence, government reports, political proclamations, newspaper items, congressional testimony, memoirs, and even international treaties.

Texas Then & Now


Author: Richard Reynolds

Publisher: Big Earth Publishing

ISBN: 1565795512

Category: Photography

Page: 156

View: 3359

By using the same locations and angles as in the original historic photographs, well-known Texas photographer Richard Reynolds retakes the images, illuminating the march of progress in the Lone Star State. Divided into six regions, the entire state is presented, from small towns to big cities and natural areas. An encapsulated history accompanies each photograph.

The Old Army in Texas

A Research Guide to the U.S. Army in Nineteenth-century Texas


Author: Thomas T. Smith

Publisher: Texas State Historical Assn


Category: History

Page: 255

View: 7134

A comprehensive and authoritative single-source reference for the activities of the regular army in the Lone Star State in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Beginning with a series of maps that sketch the evolution of fort and camp locations on the frontier, Smith furnishes an overview essay, and includes in the guide sections on the departmental commanders and the military organization of the state, a dictionary of two hundred and thirty-three posts, forts, and camps in Texas, provides a year by year snapshot of total army strength in the state, the regiments assigned, and the garrisons and commanders of each major fort and camp.

The Big Bend

A History of the Last Texas Frontier


Author: Ronnie C. Tyler

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780890967065

Category: History

Page: 286

View: 5759

A long needed account of the human invasion of this rugged Texas desert land.

The Great Unknown of the Rio Grande


Author: Louis F. Aulbach

Publisher: Louis F. Aulbach

ISBN: 0976521350

Category: Big Bend National Park (Tex.)

Page: 101

View: 1941

"This is a guide for canoeing, kayaking or rafting the section of the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park beginning at Terlingua Creek, the exit point for Santa Elena Canyon, and ending at the bridge at La Linda, the starting point for trips through the Lower Canyons."--Introduction.

The Story of Big Bend National Park


Author: John Jameson

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292788622

Category: Nature

Page: 212

View: 4174

A breathtaking country of rugged mountain peaks, uninhabited desert, and spectacular river canyons, Big Bend is one of the United States' most remote national parks and among Texas' most popular tourist attractions. Located in the great bend of the Rio Grande that separates Texas and Mexico, the park comprises some 800,000 acres, an area larger than the state of Rhode Island, and draws over 300,000 visitors each year. The Story of Big Bend National Park offers a comprehensive, highly readable history of the park from before its founding in 1944 up to the present. John Jameson opens with a fascinating look at the mighty efforts involved in persuading Washington officials and local landowners that such a park was needed. He details how money was raised and land acquired, as well as how the park was publicized and developed for visitors. Moving into the present, he discusses such issues as natural resource management, predator protection in the park, and challenges to land, water, and air. Along the way, he paints colorful portraits of many individuals, from area residents to park rangers to Lady Bird Johnson, whose 1966 float trip down the Rio Grande brought the park to national attention. This history will be required reading for all visitors and prospective visitors to Big Bend National Park. For everyone concerned about our national parks, it makes a persuasive case for continued funding and wise stewardship of the parks as they face the twin pressures of skyrocketing attendance and declining budgets.

History of Fort Davis, Texas


Author: Robert Wooster,Southwest Cultural Resources Center. Division of History

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fort Davis (Tex. : Fort)

Page: 412

View: 4322

God's Country Or Devil's Playground

The Best Nature Writing from the Big Bend of Texas


Author: Barney Nelson

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292755802

Category: Nature

Page: 321

View: 5435

The dramatic desert landscapes of the Big Bend country along the Texas-Mexico border reminded historian Walter Prescott Webb of "an earth-wreck in which a great section of country was shaken down, turned over, blown up, and set on fire." By contrast, naturalist Aldo Leopold considered the region a mountainous paradise in which even the wild Mexican parrots had no greater concern than "whether this new day which creeps slowly over the canyons is bluer or golder than its predecessors, or less so." Whether it impresses people as God's country or as the devil's playground, the Big Bend typically evokes strong responses from almost everyone who lives or visits there. In this anthology of nature writing, Barney Nelson gathers nearly sixty literary perspectives on the landscape and life of the Big Bend region, broadly defined as Trans-Pecos Texas and northern Chihuahua, Mexico. In addition to Leopold and Webb, the collection includes such well-known writers as Edward Abbey, Mary Austin, Roy Bedichek, and Frederick Olmsted, as well as a wide range of voices that includes explorers, trappers, cowboys, ranch wives, curanderos, college presidents, scientists, locals, tourists, historians, avisadores, and waitresses. Following a personal introduction by Barney Nelson, the pieces are grouped thematically to highlight the distinctive ways in which writers have responded to the Big Bend.