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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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had taken certain positions that coiimanaided the position of the
   All this merely served to increase my anxiety while I awaited results.
Then the operator at Wilcox said to the other one at Apache, two hundred
miles distant:
   " Let me know fully what is going on-"
   And he replied-
   "I will."
   Though not aware of the significance and iniportance of what was
going on under his eyes, he watched events and kept us informed of all
that occurred. He saw the troops suddenly take position surrounding the
large body of Indians, and absolutely commanding the position of the In-
dian camp. He saw some commotion among the Indians. All the war-
riors took a standing position ready for immediate action. He saw Col-
onel Wade quietly walk down to their vicinity and command them all to
sit down. The Indians realizing the folly of resistance in the presence of
this strong body of troops, and that there was no avenue of escape for
them, were entirely within the control of the troops, and quietly obeyed
the command of Colonel Wade. All this was flashed over the wires to the
operator at Wilcox, who, as little realized the importance of it as the
other operator did who sent the messages.
   I received the information with infinite delight. I was prepared to
receive news of a desperate fight, of a bloody encounter, or possibly the
escape of the entire body of Indians, and, therefore, when the electric
spark flashed the gratifying news which I knew meant peace, and I hoped
eternal peace, to that whole territory, I was greatly gratified.
   I waited for another dispatch which said that Colonel Wade had com-
manded the warriors to leave the caimp and to go into one of the large
buildings adjacent to the body of troops. A fourth dispatch stated that
Colonel Wade had directed a certain number of the women to return to
their camps and bring in their goods and all that they required to carry
with them. as they were about to be removed. When this information
was received I was entirely satisfied that Colonel Wade had that entire
camp   which was the arsenal, the breeding place, the recruiting depot, the
hospital, the asylum of the hostiles, and had been so for years,- entirely
under his control, and that we had seen the last of hostile Indians coming
to and going froum that camp.
   I did not wait for Colonel Wade's official report. I knew that when he
had time he would send it. Again I turned my attention to the hostile

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