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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
(1896)

Chapter XXXVII. The Arizona campaign. (I),   pp. 480-493 PDF (5.5 MB)


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PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF
fresh from-i West Point, dashed forward to the rescue of the disabled
soldier, and at the iimminent peril of his own1 life, lifted and carried
the
veteran to a place of safety. Though knights clad in armior have lonlr
since faded away into the dim past, and the clash of sword on shield is
heard no more, with deeds like this before us who shall sav that the dayvs
of chivalry are no nmore? We could write a volume describing the
heroism of this splendid young officer previous to his untimely death, but
nust pass on to other events and heroic deeds.
   After this engagement the Indians continued their retreat. and the trail
was soon after taken up by Lieutenant H. C. Benson of the Fourth Cavalry.
They were then pursued south and west, until their trail was again taken
up by Lebo's command, and later by that of Captain Lawton. The con-i-
niiand of Captain C. A. P. Hatfield, Fourth Cavalry, had been placed to
intercept themn, east of Santa Cruz, Sonora, and on the 15th of May suc-
ceeded in completely surprising the savages at that place. In the engage-
ment which followed, the hostiles lost their entire camp equipage and about
twenty horses? as well as their first deserter, wx ho, having been wounded
and having had his horse shot under him, crawled into the rocks and con-
tinued his retreat for forty-five days, surrendering at last at Fort Apache,
250 miles to the north, on the 28th day of June. This lman was afterward
of value to us, as will be explained when al] account is given of the con-
ditioin of the Indians, he being used to aid in openhig coniiunnications
by which their ultimate surrender was effected.
   Unfortunately while passing west through a deep and narrow canon
towards Santa Cruz, embarrassed with his captured horses and other Indian
property, Captain Hatfield's conimmand was in turn attacked by the
hostiles and a sharp fight ensued. In this fight there were numerous
instances of conspicuous bravery. John H. Conradi, one of the soldiers of
the troop, lay severely wounded on the ground, and though unable to move
himself beyond the fire of the Indians, continued to use his rifle with tell-
ing effect. Two of his comrades, First Sergeant Samnuel Adams and
citizen packer George Bowman, seeing his helpless condition bravely
exposed their own lives in the effort to reach him. But just as they were
bearing him to a place of safety he received another and this time a
mortal wound, thus meeting the very death to save him from which his
comrades had risked their lives. Many heroes have died. yet there are
many still living.
   After Hatfield's fight Lieutenant R. A. Brown, Fourth Cavalry, struck
the trail and pursued the hostiles in an easterly direction. The Indians
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