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The U.S. Army and the Texas frontier economy, 1845-1900

Author: Thomas T Smith
Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, 1999.
Series: Texas A & M University military history series, 65.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Smith traces the emergence of the army's influence and includes analyses of information on army spending and development such as the introduction of army weather and telegraph services to the state, as well as accounts of real estate transactions involving the fort building program. Smith also accounts for army failures, maintaining that no one was truly prepared for the reality of western expansion."--BOOK JACKET.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas T Smith
ISBN: 0890968829 9780890968826
OCLC Number: 40610019
Description: 307 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. The Army Dollar in Texas --
Ch. 2. The Army Logistical System in Texas --
Ch. 3. Transportation: Prairie Schooners, Steamers, and the Iron Horse --
Ch. 4. Forage: Corn, Hay, and Oats --
Ch. 5. Real Estate: Fort Leasing, Purchase, Building, and Repair --
Ch. 6. Additional Expenses: Fuel, Rations, Beef, Horses and Mules, Military Cemeteries, and Sutlers and Post Traders --
Ch. 7. Payday: Paymasters, Soldiers' Silver, and Civilian Employment --
Ch. 8. Army Engineers: Exploration and Mapping, Road Building, and River and Harbor Improvement.
Series Title: Texas A & M University military history series, 65.
Other Titles: US Army and the Texas frontier economy, 1845-1900
United States Army and the Texas frontier economy, 1845-1900
Responsibility: by Thomas T. Smith.

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Seventy million dollars in fifty-five years. From Texas' annexation in 1845 until the turn of the twentieth century, the US Army pumped at least that much or more into the economy of the fledgling  Read more...

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