By Loyd Uglow
Large army posts were tested intimately in several books written in regards to the Texas frontier, however the significance of smaller outposts and wood stations has been mostly neglected. In Standing within the Gap, Loyd M. Uglow examines those smaller outposts with regards to the bigger forts that managed them and explores their importance in army approach and the pacification of the frontier. The army’s position within the payment of West Texas has been, before, defined via biographies of renowned officials and histories of either Indian campaigns and the bigger forts. With in basic terms passing point out of outposts corresponding to Grierson’s Spring, Van Horn’s Wells, and Pecos Station in those texts, the tales of wooden posts have long gone, for the main half, untold.
Relying on assets resembling archival documents of the commanding forts, newspapers, and letters and journals, Uglow describes the explanations for setting up and deactivating nearly seventy outposts, in addition to detailing their capabilities, contributions, accomplishments, population, and total value in populating the frontier.
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This man was the sole survivor of a war party of twelve (The Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin). 24 S TANDING IN THE G AP immigrant train, or the thirstiest military column. 8 Typical of many senior officers on the frontier, Hatch had served through the Civil War, rising from captain to colonel in an Iowa volunteer cavalry regiment. Later brevets for gallantry made him a major general. 9 Hatch had to quarter his troops in tents because the buildings had deteriorated during the war years.
3 Chapter ᨾ ᨾ ᨾ FORT CLARK AND ITS OUTPOSTS Fort Clark, near the town of Brackettville, served as the pivot point between the line of forts protecting the lower Rio Grande; the arc running north and east through Fort McKavett and the post-Civil War posts of Concho, Griffin, and Richardson; and the series of trans-Pecos forts from Stockton westward. As such, it faced danger from three directions. Scattered settlements, which lay to the north, often attracted long-range Comanche and Kiowa raiding parties from beyond the Red River.
During the remainder of a long career, he would twice be cited for gallantry against hostile Indians in Texas, including once in an action along the Pecos River shortly after his arrival at Fort Hudson. 16 Dodge proved an able subordinate to Bacon during the officers’ time together at the little post. Following service in a Massachusetts infantry regiment early in the Civil War, he had gained a commission in a black cavalry unit and ended the war a captain. A year later he joined the Ninth, taking a reduction in rank to first lieutenant.