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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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the service and reemploy him in another department. I had requested to
have this man transferred to the Department of Arizona and also had
asked permission to take with me one other m-an, a faithful, intelligent
messenger. But these official requests having been disapproved, in accord-
ance with the authority then existing I discharged from the service
the general service clerk, and took him at my own expense to the
Department of Arizona, where I had him reemployed.  I started on
the morning of the 7th of April and reached Bowie Station, Arizona,
April 12.
   Very few of the troops in that department had ever served under mlly
command and therefore I was not as familiar with the peo sonel of the coIlm-
mand as I would have desired. Arriving practically alone and undertak-
ing a campaign in a territory of the topography of which I had no personal
knowledge any more than I had of the habits and disposition of the mner-
ciless savages, the enterprise seemed to be quite difficult.
   At Bowie Station, on the Southern Pacific Railroad, I found a battalion
of the Second Cavalry encamped, and in a very unsatisfactory condition.
They appeared to be not only discouraged but thoroughly disheartened.
They had been in the field a long time doing most disagreeable and
hazardous duty, and appeared to have very little hope of ultimate success.
rills -.  -- A  1-+;" _-lQrn   l]rl'qf"A in tilrt   "iltv14
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were the most tei
any part of the U]
afraid to travel d
felt safe either ni~
unless   within
reach of their fire-
arms. Many of
the nines and set-
tlemnents had been
abandoned. The
Apache was the
terror that
haunted the set-
tlers bv dav and
  1_) -_ -_ j__ -_ .m
by  night.   For                    FoRT BowIE, ARIZON
hundreds of years the Apache had been at war with the civilized races;
first with the Spaniards, then with the Mexicans, and still later with the
United States authorities.
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