History - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Dr. Robert Wooster

Regent's Professor of History 

Contact Information:
 Faculty Center - 269
 Mailing Unit - 5814
 Phone: (361) 825-2402
 E-mail: robert.wooster@tamucc.edu

Dr. Robert Wooster

 19th Century U.S. Military History
 The American Civil War
 Texas History


 B. A. - Lamar University
 M. A. - Lamar University
 Ph.D. - University of Texas


Two brief quotations -- one by a historian; the other by a poet, soldier, and politician -- best describe my decision to become, and to remain, a university history professor. "A people without history is like a man without memory," wrote the historian, Henry Steele Commager, "each generation would have to learn everything anew -- make the same discoveries, invent the same tools and techniques, wrestle with the same problems, commit the same errors." The second comes from Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, second elected president of the Republic of Texas: "A cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy." My teaching and scholarship are rooted in the belief that a workable democratic republic depends upon an educated citizenry. Without citizens who are informed about both the past and the present and who are capable of independent thinking, we are doomed to ignorance and tyranny. By assisting Americans to explore and understand how contemporary society has developed, I hope to encourage the acquisition of the skills necessary for the functioning of a free society.



The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783-1900. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2009
      Kindle Edition

Frontier Crossroads: Fort Davis and the West. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2006

The Civil War Bookshelf: 50 Must-Read Books about the War Between the States, New York: Citadel Press, 2001

The Civil War 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential People in the War Between the States, New York: Citadel Press, 1998

Nelson A. Miles and the Twilight of the Frontier Army. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993. Paperback edition, 1996

Fort Davis: Outpost on the Texas Frontier. Popular History Series. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1994
      Kindle Edition

History of Fort Davis, Southwest Cultural Resources Center, Professional Papers No. 34. Santa Fe, 1990

The Military and United States Indian Policy, 1865-1903. Yale Western Americana Series, 34. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988. Paperback edition, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995.

Soldiers, Sutlers, and Settlers: Garrison Life on the Texas Frontier. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1987.


The Reminiscences of Major General Zenas R. Bliss, 1854-1876. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 2007, Co-editor (with Thomas T. Smith, Jerry D. Thompson, and Ben E. Pingenot)

Encyclopedia of Native American Wars and Warfare, New York: Facts on File, 2005, Co-editor (with William B. Kessel)

Soldier, Surgeon, Scholar: The Memoirs of William Henry Corbusier, 1844-1930, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003, Editor

Recollections of West Texas, 1852-55.  By Two of the U.S. Mounted Rifles, Austin:  Book Club of Texas, 1995. Paperback edition, Lubbock:  Texas Tech University Press, 2001.  Editor


Cheyenne Memories of the Custer Fight, Bison Book reprint.  Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 1998, Introduction to Richard G. Hardorff, comp. and ed.

Personal Recollections of General NelsonA. Miles, 2 vols. Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 1992.  Introduction to Nelson A. Miles

Rangers and Sovereignty, Austin:  State House Press, 1987.  Introduction to Capt. D.W. Roberts

A Woman's Reminiscences of Six Years with the Texas Rangers, Austin:  State House Press, 1987.  Introduction to Mrs. D.W. Roberts


Robert M. Utley Award, Western History Association, 2010

General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgeway History Research Grant, U.S. Army Military History Institute, 2009

Regents Professor, Texas A&M University System, 2008

Southwest Book Award, 2008

Distinguished Book Award Finalist, Army Historical Foundation, 2003

Fellow, Texas State Historial Association, 2002

Piper Professor, 1998

History Book Club Selection, Summer 1993

Kte Broocks Bates Award for Historical Research prior to 1900 (Texas State Historical Association)

T.R. Fehrenbach Award (Texas Historical Commission)

Certificate of Recognition (San Antonio Conservation Society)

Certificate of Commendation (American Association for State and Local History)


U. S. History to 1865
U. S. Military History
The American Civil War
Historical Research and Writing
Research Seminar:  The American Civil War
Texas History