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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 XXXV. The Apache and the soldier,   pp. 445-449 PDF (2.2 MB)


Page 447


GENERAL NELSON A. MILES.
having much confidence in the sense of honor of this particular savage,
called an interpreter to go with himi. He need not have feared, for the
Indian merely wished to say that if the officer had another good gray
horse, he had another cousin whose head he could bring in at any time.
   The instance given conveys but a faint idea of the unique character of
the Indian I found m-yself called upon
to subdue. He was, b
sessed of resources not
control of the white i
   He required noth-
ing of the white mian
to support life, and
wanted only his weap-
oIis for warfare. The
deserts and the im-oun-
tain fastnesses were
his allies, and with his
knowledge of the en-
tire country, he could
find in the rocks tanks
of water where a white
nman would   die  of
thirst.  Even iin the
desert the cactus was
,@r ##~ ha-4h 4{-a. 9A IrUIILU I UUd
ttl)Uu  lkOl  ""U11 l" Itl CUM
                                         (,,.LAVIINGtt 111tS  ZEWARD).
drink, nature aiding
himn where she was fatal to the white mnan. From the United States these
Indians fled to the miost inaccessible mountains of Mexico, and not till
the
treaty made in ISS2, did it become possible for our troops to pursue them
into that country.
   As previously stated, General Crook had been trying for years to bring
the Apaches to terms and keep them under control. In 1883 he made
an expedition into Mexico which resulted in the return of the Chiricahuas
and Warm Springs Indians under Geronimno and Natchez to the Apache
reservation.
   For nearly two years they remained quiet, when tiring of peaceful pur-
suits, Geronimo, Natchez, Mangus and many others, in May, 1885, again
went on the warpath and fled into Mexico. They were vigorously pur-
sued but succeeded in eluding the troops and comnienced again their worki
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