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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)

Page 472

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
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
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
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,
GENERAL GEORGE CROOK, Fort Bowie, Arizona.
    You are confidentially informed that your telegram of March 29th is received.
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.
instructs you to enter again into negotiations on the terms of their unconditional
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,
LIEUT.-GEEN. P. H. SHERIDAN. Washington 1). C.
    A courier just in from Lieut. Maus reports that during last night Geroninmo
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
Chihuahua and twelve men remained behind. Lieut. Maus with his seoiits, except
to take the other prisoners to Bowie, have grone in pursuit.
                                                  GRO. CROOK. Brigadier General.
                                             WASHHINGTON. D. C., March 31.
    Your dispatch of yesterday receiv ed.  It has occasioned great disappointment.
seems strange that Geronimo and party could have escaped without the knowledge
the scouts.                                       P. H. SHERIDAN, Lient.-General.

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