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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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GENERAL NELSON A. MILES.
coming, and to gain information. It was a small place, composed of the
usual adobe buildings, and its people lived in a constant state of alarmn
about
the movements of the hostiles. The commniand arriving, we proceeded to
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in the Madre Mountains.   On
account of the roughness of these
mountains we found great diffi-
culty in crossing them- with the
pack-train. We found one horse
which had evidently been aban-
doned by the hostiles, but no dis-
tinct trail.
   In marching the coinmnand it
was interesting to notice the
methods adopted by our Indians
in scouting the country to gain
informiation and prevent surprise.
It illustrated to us very clearly
what we must expect fromt the
hostiles, who would employ the
samne methods.  It was i1mpos-
sible to nmarch these scouts as
soldiers, or to control them as
such, nor was it deemeed advisa-
ble to attempt it. Aimong themn
were many who had bloody rec-
ords; one named Dutchy had
killed. in cold blood, a white
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man near Fort Thomas, and for
this murder the civil authorities were at this tiume seeking to arrest
him.  Their system   of advance guards and    flankers was perfect,
and as soon as the comnland went into camp, outposts were at once
put out, guarding every approach.    Al] this was done noiselessly
anid in secret, and without giving a single order. As scouts for a com-
imiand in time of war they would be ideal.  Simmall of stature, and ap-
parently no match physically for the white man., yet when it came to
climbing mountains or making long marches, they were swift and tireless.
The little clothing they wore consisted of a soldier's blouse, discarded
in
time of action, light undergarments and a waist cloth, and on the march
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