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)
472 PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF As I had to act at once I have to-day accepted their surrender upon the first propo- sition. Kwtena, the young chief who less than two years ago was the worst Chiricahua, of the whole lot, is now perfectly subdued. He is thoroughly reconstructed, has rendered nie valuable assistance, and will be of great service in helping to control these Indians in the future. His stay at Alcatraz has worked a complete reformation in his character. I have not a doubt that similar treatment will produce same results with the whole band, and that by the end of that time the excitement here will have died away. -Mangus, with thirteen Chiricahuas, six of whom are bucks, is not with the other Chiricahuas. He separated from them in August last, and has since held no communica- tion with them. He has committed no depredations. As it would be likely to take at least a year to find him in the immense ranges of mountains to the south, I think it inadvisable to attempt any search at this time, especially as he will undoubtedly give himn- self up as soon as he hears what the others have done. I start for Bowie to-morrow morning, to reach there next night. I respectfully request to be informed whether or not my action has been approved, and also that full instructions meet me at that point. The Chiricahuas start for Bowie to-morrow with the Apache scouts under Lieut. Maus. GEORGE CROOK, Brigadier-General. WASHINGTO-N, 1). C., March 30, 1886. GENERAL GEORGE CROOK, Fort Bowie, Arizona. You are confidentially informed that your telegram of March 29th is received. The President cannot assent to the surrender of the hostiles on the terms that their imprison- ment last for two years, with the understanding of their return to the reservation. He instructs you to enter again into negotiations on the terms of their unconditional surrender. only sparing their lives; in the meantime, and on the receipt of this order, you are directed to take every precaution against the escape of the hostiles, which must not be allowed under any circumstances. You must make at once such disposition of your troops as will insure against further hostilities by completing the destruction of the hostiles unless these terms are accepted. P. H. SHERIII)AN, Lieut-General. FORT BOWIE, A. T., March 30, 1886). LIEUT.-GEEN. P. H. SHERIDAN. Washington 1). C. A courier just in from Lieut. Maus reports that during last night Geroninmo and Natchez with twenty men and thirteen women left his camp, taking no stock. He states that there was no apparent cause for their leaving. Two dispatches received from liili this morning reported everything going on well and the Chiricahuas in good spirits. Chihuahua and twelve men remained behind. Lieut. Maus with his seoiits, except enough to take the other prisoners to Bowie, have grone in pursuit. GRO. CROOK. Brigadier General. WASHHINGTON. D. C., March 31. 1-886. GENEIAL GEORGE CROOK, Fort Bowie, A. T. Your dispatch of yesterday receiv ed. It has occasioned great disappointment. It seems strange that Geronimo and party could have escaped without the knowledge of the scouts. P. H. SHERIDAN, Lient.-General.
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