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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

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

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had made serious charges against the Indians for depredations committed
on the march down, and besides, there was a bitter feeling existing caused
this fight. If the Mexicans had attacked us in the rear, where we were en-
tirely unprotected, our position would have been untenable. Had such an
attack been made the result would probably have been the scat-
tering of our command in the mountains, our Chiricahuas joining the
   It looked very serious, and my future course was governed by the con-
dition. If it were possible I was bound to protect the lives of the white
men of the command, the pack-train, and our Indian scouts. Lieutenant
Shipp and I were in accord, he appreciating as I did our desperate position.
The first attack had been a mistake, and the second had been brought on
before the Mexicans could know what had been said to their officers who
had been killed. The Mexicans deplored the affair and seemed sincere
I felt a pity for them. They asked me to go with them while they carried
their dead away. A small detail took the bodies one by one to their lines,
and I went with each body. They then asked me to send our doctor to
care for their wounded, and to loan them enough of the captured stock
to carry their wounded back. I agreed to do this, but could give them no
food, which they also asked. Late in the day the doctor arrived, and after
he had attended to our wounded I sent him to look after theirs, some of
whom were in a dangerous way. He attended five of them.
   The next day I decided to move on, as the surgeon said that the death
of Captain Crawford was a matter of but a little time, and our condition
made it necessary for us to try and reach our pack-train for supplies and
ammunition. II was afraid that the Mexicans might take our pack-train,
as it had but a poor escort of the weak and sick. Besides, iost of the
packers had been armed with calibre 50 carbines (Sharps), while they had
been supplied with calibre 45 ammunition. I was in hopes that when away
from the Mexicans I might succeed in effecting a conference with the
hostile chiefs, and possibly a surrender. This could not be done while the
Mexicans were near, and they would not niove before we did, as they said
they were afraid they might be attacked by the scouts  In order to move
Captain Crawford, I had to imake a litter and have him carried by hand.
As there was no wood in the country, I sent to the river and got canes,
which we bound together to make the side rails, usimig a piece of canvas
for the bed
   While busy attending to the making of this, I heard someone calling.
and going out a short distance, saw Concepcion, the interpreter, standing

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