John C. Wendt


Texas A&M University


Dr. Lorien Foote

Academic Interests:

19th-Century War and Society
Jacksonian Indian Removal
History of Southeastern Peoples
19th and 20th-Century military logistics


Contracting Conquest: The Development of American Civil-Military Business Relations in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, 1835-1866

Bio Note:

John Wendt is a Ph.D. Candidate at Texas A&M University. He received his BA in history from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, and his MA in history from Texas A&M University in 2018.

His research centers on the intersection of nineteenth-century American economics and military affairs. His dissertation examines United States Army procurement and wastage from 1835-1866. This project follows closely the character and career of Major General George H. Crosman, a man who served nearly five decades in the United States Army as a quartermaster. His work uses Crosman’s long career, prolific letter writing, and intense disdain for fraud and dishonesty in government business practices to analyze the Army’s growing reliance on credit and contracting in military logistics across three wars: The Second Seminole War, the Mexican-American War, and the American Civil War. Crosman’s service as a quartermaster in each conflict, provides a yet unseen perspective into the local, regional, and national attempts to procure, store, and transport war materials and animals to active campaigns across the North American continent.

John was a graduate research assistant at the U.S. Army Center for Military History from 2019-2020, assisting with the Army’s official history of logistics in the Vietnam War. He is currently teaching American history at Texas A&M as a graduate assistant lecturer.

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