Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

CONTENTS

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pp. v-vi

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1. ON THE PLATEAU WHERE THE RIVERS JOIN: BUILDING FORT CONCHO

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pp. 1-12

...permanent camp on the plateau where the North and Middle Concho rivers join. For centuries, this high open plateau had remained barren except for passing expeditions or hunting parties. The Jumano Indians had established a village downstream on the North Concho by the 1530s, and Cabeza...

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2. MACKENZIE’S RAIDERS: SECURING THE TEXAS FRONTIER

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pp. 13-23

...to be a major focus in the troopers’ daily routine. When not on construction crews or guard duty, the men of Fort Concho regularly scouted for Indians or acted as escorts for supply trains, mail runs, and cattle herds. Companies rotated field assignments at sites including old Fort Chadbourne, Johnson’s...

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3. SQUARELY FOUGHT: THE DISTRICT OF THE PECOS AND THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST VICTORIO

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pp. 24-34

...headquarters of the Tenth Cavalry on April 17, 1875. Grierson, originally a music teacher from Illinois, had earned his reputation as a Union cavalry commander during the Civil War. In 1866 he organized the Tenth Cavalry, one of two black mounted regiments in the Regular Army. In contrast to the Irish and...

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4. FORT CONCHO BLUES: THE SOLDIERS’ LIFE ON POST

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pp. 35-45

...campaigns, the daily routine of army life continued at Fort Concho. Soldiers woke to the sounds of a “morning gun” and the bugles blowing reveille at sunrise. After breakfast, the garrison assembled to post the guard. Officers inspected the companies and their quarters. Those soldiers not on guard performed various fatigue duties including the cleaning...

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5. CIVILIZING THE FRONTIER: CHAPLAINS, SURGEONS, AND SUTLERS

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pp. 46-56

...Chaplain Norman Badger ventured across the North Concho River to conduct worship services in the small collection of saloons and shanties that later would become the city of San Angelo. Post Surgeon William Notson noted in his monthly report that it was “probably the first time that the name...

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6. THE LAST BUGLE CALL: ABANDONING FORT CONCHO

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pp. 57-61

...George Baylor rode into the Sierra Diablo and engaged and defeated the remnants of Victorio’s Apache band in the last Indian battle fought in the state of Texas. As the Apaches moved further west into New Mexico and Arizona territories, the army followed. The Tenth Cavalry began its westward trek in 1882 when their headquarters transferred to Fort Davis...

NOTES

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pp. 62-69

INDEX

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pp. 70-74