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Frontier defense in the Civil War : Texas' Rangers and rebels

Author: David Paul Smith
Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©1992.
Series: Centennial series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A & M University, no. 40.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Texans faced two foes in 1861: the armed forces of the United States, and the Plains Indians. Some Texans believed the conflict with the Union would be short and successful; those on the frontier knew the struggle with the Comanches and Kiowas would be long and painful. While other Southerners threw their resources and lives into battle against their Northern kin, Texans had to defend their homes and families
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Genre/Form: History
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Smith, David Paul, 1949-
Frontier defense in the Civil War.
College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)607719999
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Paul Smith
ISBN: 089096484X 9780890964842
OCLC Number: 23732492
Description: xiv, 237 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Prelude to Civil War --
2. Federals, Indians, and the Frontier: 1861 --
3. The Frontier Regiment: 1862-63 --
4. Creation of the Northern Sub-District --
5. The Northern Sub-District and Frontier Defense: August, 1863-January, 1864 --
6. Creation of the Frontier Organization --
7. Disaffection and Turmoil on the Northwest Frontier --
8. Organization of the First Frontier District: April-September, 1864 --
9. Later Period of the First Frontier District: October, 1864-May, 1865 --
10. Second Frontier District: 1864-65 --
11. Third Frontier District: 1864-65 --
12. Frontier Defense in Retrospect --
Appendix 1. Note on Sources --
Appendix 2. Three Documents on Texas Rangers --
Appendix 3. Defense of the Indian Frontier, 1861-65.
Series Title: Centennial series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A & M University, no. 40.
Responsibility: David Paul Smith.

Abstract:

Texans faced two foes in 1861: the armed forces of the United States, and the Plains Indians. Some Texans believed the conflict with the Union would be short and successful; those on the frontier knew the struggle with the Comanches and Kiowas would be long and painful. While other Southerners threw their resources and lives into battle against their Northern kin, Texans had to defend their homes and families against Indians and army deserters as well. This book offers.

The first full, in-depth treatment of this frontier defense during the war years. Before the war, not even the full might of the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Army had stopped the raiding and killing that marked Texas' frontier. More vicious on both sides than in Indian-settler confrontations elsewhere, the violence had continued to escalate. This story has been well chronicled, as has the story of frontier defense after the war. In this breakthrough piece of original.

Research and analysis, David Paul Smith demonstrates that the Texas frontier held its own during the eventful war years, in spite of factors that could easily have overwhelmed it: intergovernmental squabbling over funding and authority; the increasingly serious depredations of deserters, draft dodgers, bushwhackers, and Jayhawkers; and the immense commitment of men, time, and money to the war effort. Smith explains the policies that characterized frontier defense during.

Antebellum years and describes the organizations established by state and Confederate authorities during the war. Combat units such as the Texas Mounted Rifles, the better-known Frontier Regiment, and local minutemen groups were charged with protecting settlers from Indians and rounding up reluctant conscripts for the Confederate army. Administrative units responsible for overseeing these efforts included the Confederate Northern Sub-District of Texas and the state's own.

Frontier Organization. Their story as Smith tells it includes much of the human drama of war as well as the brutal conflict of cultures in the American West. Frontier defense in Texas during the Civil War, he concludes, for all its difficulties and apparent failures, was equal to that of antebellum days and superior to that of the immediate post-war years.

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