The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 86, July 1982 - April, 1983 Page: 588
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ern-day Ciudad Juarez). Abandoned in 1851, the post was relocated in
1854 and shortly afterward renamed Fort Bliss, in memory of Lieuten-
ant Colonel William Wallace Smith Bliss, chief of staff for General
Zachary Taylor during the Mexican War. In all, the post has occupied
six separate locations in the vicinity of El Paso, Texas.
Leon Metz, well-known author of books on Pat Garrett and western
gunfighters, provides the narrative for this illustrated history of Fort
Bliss. He begins his survey with the Spanish explorers who visited the
region in 1581 and ends with today's men and women who are trained
here in modern weaponry and tactics. Roughly one-third of the narra-
tive describes Fort Bliss as a frontier garrison whose mission was to de-
fend settlers and overland travelers against hostile Indians. An equal
amount of space is devoted to border problems generated by Mexico's
Revolution in 1910. The remaining one-third describes the modern
military complex, including William Beaumont Medical Center, Biggs
Air Field, and White Sands Missile Range.
This is an attractive book in every way. The narrative is lively, the
maps (by Placido Cano) informative, and the illustrations (by Fred-
erick Carter, Antonio Castro, Jose Cisneros, and Tom Lea) are superb.
The photographs-over two hundred-are excellent, culled from the
collection of Millard G. McKinney, writer of Southwest history and
retired naval commander. All of the photos are intriguing, but none
are more provocative than those taken during the Mexican Revolution.
This is a book intended primarily for the general public. Metz based
his study mainly on secondary works, but he also consulted post re-
turns and several theses and dissertations. And he rightly notes in his
opening paragraph that the history of Fort Bliss "has never been told
in any detail, its song has never been sung" (p. 7). The latter has now
been accomplished; the former, i.e. a definitive history, has yet to be
written. But anyone who attempts a detailed history of this post will
have to build on Metz's competent and well-told survey.
New Mexico State University
DARLIS A. MILLER
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 86, July 1982 - April, 1983, periodical, 1982/1983; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101209/m1/646/: accessed February 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.