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Faded Glory

A Century of Forgotten Texas Military Sites, Then and Now

Thomas E. Alexander and Dan K. Utley

Publication Year: 2012

Each of the wars fought by Texans spawned the creation of scores of military sites across the state, from the lonely frontier outpost at Adobe Walls to the once-bustling World War II shipyards of Orange. Today, although vestiges of the sites still exist, many are barely discernible, their once-proud martial trappings now faded by time, neglect, the elements and, most of all, public apathy. ?In Faded Glory: A Century of Forgotten Texas Military Sites, Then and Now, Thomas E. Alexander and Dan K. Utley revisit twenty-nine sites—many of them largely forgotten—associated with what was arguably the most tumultuous hundred-year period in a five-century span of Texas history.? Whether in the war with Mexico, the American Civil War, in clashes between Indians and the frontier army, or in two worldwide conflicts fought on foreign shores, Texas and Texans have often answered the call to arms. Beginning in 1845 and continuing through 1945, the Lone Star State and its people were fully involved in seven major conflicts. ?In this thoroughly researched and absorbing guide, Alexander and Utley recount the full story of the sites from their days of fame to the present. Comparing historic sketches, paintings, and period photographs of the original installations with recent photographs, they illustrate how time has dealt with these important places. Providing maps to aid readers in locating each site, the authors close with a resounding call for preservation and interpretation for future generations. ?The descriptions and images restore, at least in the mind’s eye, a touch of vitality and color to these forgotten and disappearing sites. Thanks to Faded Glory: A Century of Forgotten Texas Military Sites, Then and Now, both the traveler and the armchair tourist can recover a sense of these places and events that did so much to shape the military history of Texas.

Published by: Texas A&M University Press

Series: Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities

Title Page

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List of Maps

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pp. ix

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pp. xi-xiii

Any attempt to recognize all the individuals who assisted us with this project must begin with three distinct understandings. First, this book was first and foremost a team effort by two authors, and each member of that team relied on the other countless times for input, guidance, friendship, encouragement, and perhaps most important, good humor under pressure. That team effort extends...

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pp. xv-xvi

The first full century of Texas statehood, from 1845 through 1945, can be clearly defined by specific military confrontations. These confrontations, viewed by some as glorious and as odious by others, came to mold virtually all social, economic, and political characteristics of the state. Indeed, the unique and universally recognized cartographical shape of Texas is itself the result of armed...

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1. The Mexican War

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pp. 3-29

While all wars are controversial by nature, few have proved to be quite as lastingly contentious as the relatively brief but hugely significant war between the United States and Mexico. Beginning on the banks of the Rio Grande at the southern tip of Texas in May 1846, the often fierce conflict came to its close less than 18 months later when the victorious American army marched...

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2. The Indian Wars

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pp. 31-54

Philip Henry Sheridan is considered to have been one of the three most famous Union Army generals in America’s Civil War. Short in stature but long on ruthlessness, the blunt-spoken cavalryman had a reputation for his fiery temperament, as well as his tenacious determination to overcome any obstacles that blocked the accomplishment of his mission. He was not...

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3. The Civil War

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pp. 55-85

The causes of the US Civil War stemmed from deep-seated regional issues that date back to the earliest days of the American Republic and continue to be debated to this day. These issues are varied, complex, dynamic, and open to intergenerational interpretation, but they undeniably set the nation on a course of war that by the 1860s seemed to most at the time...

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4. The Spanish American War

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pp. 87-103

The Spanish-American War of 1898 marked both a turning point in American foreign policy and a maturation of a new national vision of the United States as a rising global power. It was a conflict Americans engaged in not because of an imminent threat to national security, as in past disputes, but rather out of a collective sense of moral obligation. But there were also...

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5. The Mexican Revolution

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pp. 105-131

Although no formally declared state of war existed between Mexico and the United States during the Mexican Revolution of 1910, armed conflicts between military forces of both nations took place. The best known of these clashes was the attack on Columbus, New Mexico, by the Revolution’s Gen. Francisco “Pancho” Villa on March 9, 1916. This unprovoked and still largely...

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6. World War I

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pp. 133-161

The causes of World War I are deep-seated, multilayered, and continually debated, but in general they stem from events that occurred in the late 19th century and remained unresolved until circumstances in the early 20th century made international conflict inevitable. In many respects, war was the result of a perfect storm of factors that largely centered on economics...

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7. World War II

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pp. 163-210

The author Studs Terkel once declared that World War II was “the last good war.” At first glance, such an observation might seem grossly inappropriate for an international catastrophe that claimed the lives of approximately 32 million people worldwide, including both military and civilian deaths. Another 7 million on the Allied side alone still remain unaccounted for but must...

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pp. 211-218

The stories of the military sites discussed in this book reflect the great diversity that is inherent in Texas military history. The sites vary in their physical nature and geography, as well as their period of historical significance and accessibility. Each was included, however, because at some point in the past someone cared enough to preserve some element of the story. How much...


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pp. 219-224

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781603447539
E-ISBN-10: 1603447539
Print-ISBN-13: 9781603446990
Print-ISBN-10: 1603446990

Page Count: 256
Illustrations: 32 color, 24 b&w photos. 7 maps. Bib. Index.
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities