The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964

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Report om A14iitary Posts i rexas
Soi'edebkr, 1872-naHuar, 1873
Edited by WALTER C. CONWAY
HE MILITARY ACTIVITIES OCCURRING AT PRESENT CONTI-
nental United States Army posts are generally of rela-
tively little current historical importance. Such activ-
ities in the last century, however-particularly in the frontier
regions--did, indeed, constitute or impinge upon the history of
the region concerned and not infrequently that of the country
as a whole. It is probably safe to say that reports of visits to most
military posts west of the Mississippi by inspectors from the
headquarters of the army, or from major subdivisions thereof,
contain at least some information of historical interest.
Since December 13, 1777, when the office of Inspector-General
was established,' an important tool of United States Army com-
manders, as well as of their major subordinate commanders, has
been the inspections carried out by staff officers designated as
inspectors-general. These officers ordinarily are detailed to the
Inspector-General's Department for several years. While not
clothed with any of the prerogatives of the commander whom
they serve, an inspector-general is nevertheless an official rep-
resentative whose comments and reports are important to the
function of command. Ordinarily he is effective in highlighting
circumstances which, when given attention by commanders, can
increase the efficiency, effectiveness, morale, or economy of oper-
ations of the military units which he inspects.
To the commanding officer of a unit being examined by an
'Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States
Army (2 vols.; Washington, 19go3), I, 8.

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