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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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get there. On his arrival a conference was held and the hostiles promised
they would surrender. General Crook then returned, directing me to bring
them in. This I endeavored to do, but this surrender was only an agree-
ment, no arms being taken from them, nor were they any more in my pos-
session than when I had met them in the Sierra Madre Mountains. It was
believed, however, that they would come in. Unfortunately, they obtained
liquor, and all night on the 27th I could hear firing in their camp a mile
or so away. I sent my command on, and, accompanied only by the inter-
preter, waited for the hostiles to move, but they were in a bad hu-
mor. They moved their camp, at noon that day and I then left.
I met Geronimo and a number of warriors gathered together near by on
Elias Creek, many of them being drunk, and, Geronimo told me they
would follow, but that I had better go on or he would not be responsible
for my life. I then proceeded to my camp. I had ordered the battalion to
camp at a point ten miles on the way back on the San Bernardino. That
afternoon the hostiles came up and camped about half a mile above me
in a higher position.
   I went into their camp and found trouble. Natchez had shot his wife,
and they were all drinking heavily. I sent Lieutenant Shipp with a
detail to destroy all the mescal at a ranch near by, where they had pre-
viously obtained all their liquor. During the day all seemed quiet, but at
night a few shots were heard. I sent to find out the cause and found the
trouble was over some women; this trouble soon ceased, however, and
quiet was restored. I felt anxious about the next day's march, as I would
then cross the line and be near troops. The next morning I was awakened
and told that the hostiles were gone. I caused a careful search to be
made, and ascertained that Geronimo and Natchez with twenty men,
thirteen women and two children had gone during the night, and not a
soul as far as I could ascertain, knew anything of the time they had gone.
or that they had intended to go. Chihuahua, Ulzahney, Nana, Catley, nine
other men, and forty-seven women and children remained. The herd was
brought in, and only three of their horses were missing. I directed Lieu-
tenant Faison, with a sufficient detail, to take the remaining hostiles to
Bowie; then, with all the available immen left, Lieutenant Shipp and I at
once started in pursuit.
   About six miles from camp we struck the trail going due west over a
chain of high mountains. This gave us a full view of the mountains ill
all directions, but the trail suddenly changed its direction to the south
wvent down a steep aid difficultdescent,across a basinsoden-se withchappare

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