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Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925 / Personal recollections and observations of General Nelson A. Miles embracing a brief view of the Civil War, or, From New England to the Golden Gate: and the story of his Indian campaigns, with comments on the exploration, development and progress of our great western empire
(1896)

Chapter XXXVI. A campaign against the Apaches (Captain Maus' narrative),   pp. 450-479 PDF (11.9 MB)


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450                 PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF
                           CHAPTER XXXVI.
    A CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE APACHES. [CAPTAIN MAUS' NARRATIVE.]
BEGINNING OF THlE CAMPAIGN OF 1885-CROSSING INTO M1EXICO-METHODS OF TIHE
INL)IAN SCOUTS-
  LITTLE MEXICAN TOWNS AND THEIR PEOPLE - MESCAL AND) ITS USE BY INI)IANs
- FIRST NEW\TS OF
    TIlE HOSTILES -BEGINNING OF A MOUNTAIN MARCH ON FOOT-ABANDONIED CA.MPS-TIIE
       DEVIL'S BACKBONE-FINDING TIlE HOSTILES-TIIE ATTACK-A BATTLE WITH
         ME.XICAN TROOPS TIIAT WAS FOUGHT BY MISTAKE  CAPTAIN CRAWFORD
           MORTALLY WOUNDEI)- LATER ACTIiON OF TIHE MEXICANS -TIlE HO1IE-
             WARD MA RCI I-MESSENGER FROmI GERONI MOO-A CONFERENCE-
               AN INI)IAN TRICK- DEATII OF CAPTAIN CRAWFORD -BUR-
                  IAL AT NACORI, MEXICO-UNFRIENDLY DISPOSI-
                    TION OF Till IMEYICANS-ARRI\-AL IN UNITED
                       STATES  TIERRITORY - RETURN  FOR
                         TILE HOSTILES-TIIE SIGNAL-
                           THE ESCAPE AND PURSUIT
                             -RESULTS OF TIlE
                        E XPE1)ITION
HE following sketch graphically illustrates the warfare of
  times of peace, and the duties and perils of the American
  regular soldier.  Such narratives, were they all written,
  would  constitute much of the history, almost to date of
  the  southwest.   The  narrative has an   added   value in
  the fact that it is the story of personal experiences.
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Arizona, on November 11, 1885, for Fort Bowie. Here it was inspected by
Lieutenant-General Sheridan and Brigadier-General Crook, and with words
of encouragement from these officers, the command started south by way of
the Dragoon Mountains, endeavoring to find the trail of a band of Indians
who
were returning to Mexico after a raid into the United States. Thoroughly
scouting these mountains without finding the trail, we went on to the
border and crossed into Mexico twenty miles north of the town of Front-
eras, with the object of pursuing the renegades to their haunts in southern
Sonora. We believed that if we could trace this band we could find the
entire hostile camp under Geronimo and Natchez. Under instructions
from Captain Crawford, I preceded the command to the town of Fronteras
to notify the Presidente of the town of our approach, of our object in


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