Authors to recall old Texas military sites

Faded Glory Authors

Tarleton State University

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—In observance of Texas Independence Day, Dr. Thomas E. Alexander and Dr. Dan K. Utley, co-authors of the latest book in the Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities series, will discuss their text during the next installation of the Speaker Symposium Lecture Series.

The public is welcome to listen to the authors Wednesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Theatre, when they present Faded Glory: A Century of Forgotten Texas Military Sites, Then and Now. Published by the Texas A&M University Press in 2012, the 240-page book focuses on 29 entries covering the first century of Texas statehood from 1845-1945.

Many of those sites have long since been abandoned and many have been forgotten. Alexander and Utley not only help bring them back to public attention but also argue for historical preservation of these military sites that once played significant roles in the life of the state.

“Many of the sites we describe,” the authors write, “have been totally obliterated by the relentless waves of time. Some have surrendered to urban development while others, doomed by climate and public apathy, have simply melted back into the earth, their location unmarked and all but forgotten.

“While the drama and excitement created long ago by the thunder of cannon, the rattle of sabers, the bugles’ blare, and the ruffle of drums are now distant echoes, the enduring heritage of each site remains.”

Alexander, who served as an officer in the Strategic Air Command, is the author of four books on Texas military history. His work on Peyote Army Airfield was given the Rupert Richardson Award as the best book on West Texas History in 2006. A retired executive vice president with Neiman Marcus, he is currently serving his second six-year term on the Texas Historical Commission.

Utley, chief historian of the Center for Public History at Texas State University and a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, is a retired chief historian for the Texas Historical Commission, a past chairman of the National Register State Board of Review for Texas, and the past president of the Texas Oral History Association and the East Texas Historical Association.


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