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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 XXXVIII. The Arizona campaign. II,   pp. 494-505 PDF (4.7 MB)

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importance that General Miles should have the President's views at the earliest
moment, I beg, to request your opinion as to the President's views as soon
as you can con-
veniently furnish it.
                     Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
                                          R. C. DRUAl, Acting Secretary of
   The Secretary of the Interior.
   Then conies the letter from the Secretary of War to the Adj utant-Gen-
eral and Acting Secretary of War, of which the following is an extract:
   Now, as to the telegram you have sent the substance of, from Miles. I
him to say that there is no trouble now at Fort Apache, and arrangements
have already
been considered -that is, he can capture them all and send them away from
the Territories
of Arizona and New Mexico, and those on their way from here, now at Leavenworth,
a portion remain at Leavenworth, and the balance be taken away with the others;
but he
does not say where he proposes to take them, though he must have been informed
Captain Dorst what the views of the President were in that regard, viz.,
that the place of
confinement should be Fort Marion, Florida. The only hesitation the President
had in
regard to this course arose from his desire to be assured by General Miles
that all of this
dangerous band could be secured and successfully conveyed away; for if a
few should
escape and take to the warpath the results would be altogether too serious.
If, there-
fore, General Miles can accomplish this, and take them to Fort Marion from
Arizona, the
course approved by the President can be carried out so far as that part of
the band at
Fort Apache is concerned.
   As to Chatto (then at Fort Leavenworth), and those with him, it was thought
that he should be taken back to Arizona, to be sent to Marion with the others,
and not
taken directly there.
   As before stated to General Miles, there is no other place available,
the Indian Terri-
tory being out of the question for many reasons. They are to be treated as
prisoners of
war, and no hopes can be held out to them in regard to the Indian Territory.
   General Sheridan and Mr, Lamar, or both, I presume, are in Washington.
I wish
you would show them the above so far as the Apaches are concerned, and unless
suggestion of disapproval is made by them I think a final order to carry
out the original
intention should issue  to take the whole band of Chiricahuas at Fort Apache,
Chatto's people on their return, and convey them to Fort Marion to join those
                            (Indorsement on foregoing.)
                                    HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMy, August 24,
   I concur with the views of the Secretary of War.
                              P. H. SHERIDAN. ,ieutenant-General, Commandingc.
   While I believed that some point not too far distant from Arizona and
New Mexico should be chosen for the purpose of concentrating the Indians
then at Fort Apache and those that might surrender or be captured as
prisoners of war, still, as it was decided by the goverment that Fort
Marion should be the place in which to concentrate all the Indians for the

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