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ISBN: 0890968829Издательство: Texas A&M University Press
The soldier as scout and skirmisher has long captured the public interest but in this first detailed historical examination of the army and the Texas economy historian Thomas T. Smith finds that the more significant role of the soldier on the frontier was as nation-builder and colonizer. Mid-nineteenth century America's largest corporate body, the U.S. Army, and the nation's largest geo-political organization, the State of Texas, shared a symbiotic relationship and a strong military-commercial alliance. In the frontier conflict during the last half of the nineteenth century the Department of Texas was the army's most extensive and most expensive theater of war. The army brought seventy million dollars into Texas and military logistics was a critical factor in the growth of the immature cash-poor economy of early statehood as well as the recovery from the devastation of Civil War inflation. The army was key to the development of steam navigation on the Rio Grande and to the growth...