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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 XXXIX. Incidents of the Apache campaign,   pp. 506-518 PDF (4.7 MB)

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recaptured the little girl, and they nowT delivered her over to Captain
Lawton, who sent her back to the U~nited States where she was taken in
charge by friends.
   The Mexicans explained their fright at our appearance in this Nway.
They had descended into the cafion where the fight had taken place to
bring out the bodies of the seven mnen who had been shot, when they saw
our five scouts advancing down the cailon. They m-nistook them for the
friends of the Indian woman who had been killed comling to recover her
body, and as they had had all the fighting they cared for with that par-
ticular band, they proceeded to retreat as rapidly as possible.
   It was on this sanme expedition after the little girl, but a few days
, events
Lat I was
ne fresh
                                 far clown in the ravine five or six little
                                 FD  Mexican bush huts. I approached themn
and discovered the bodies of five Mexicans, all shot through the head,
Some of their faces were powder-burned, showing that the shots w ere
very close. They proved to be the placer miners, who had been xworking
in the creek when the Indians crept stealthily upon themi and killed them
all, probably at the first volley. On one occasion the Indians rode right
through a wood-chopper's camp, killing seven, and there were forty or
fifty instances of similar atrocities. In one day we picked up as many as
ten bodies, and the governor of Sonora reported the numliber of Mexicans
killed during the whole campaign. to be as high as five or six hundred.

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