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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 XXXVI. A campaign against the Apaches (Captain Maus' narrative),   pp. 450-479 PDF (11.9 MB)


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GENERAL NELSON A. MILES.
ter, Mr. Horn, and five scouts, to a point about a mile or so distant. We
went without arms as this was expressly stipulated by Geronimo as a con-
dition. The chiefs did not appear, but I had a talk with two of the men,
who promised that the chiefs would meet me the next day. They said I
must come without arms. The next day I went to meet them and found
Geronim-io, Natchez, Nana and Chihuahua with fourteen men. They came
fully armed with their belts fuli of aimmunition, and as I had come
unarmed according to agreement, this was a breach of faith and I did not
think it argued well for their conduct. Apparently suspicious of treach-
ery, every man of them sat with his rifle in an upright position, forming
a
circle nearly around me with Geronimo in the center. He sat there for
fully a minute looking me straight in the eyes and finally said to me:
   "Why did you come down here?"
   " I came to capture or destroy you and your band," I answered.
   He knew perfectly well that this was the only answer I could truth-
fully make. He then arose, walked to me and shook my hand, saying that
he could trust me, and then asked me to report to the department comn-
mander what he had to say. He enumerated his grievances at the
agency. all of which were purely imaginary or assumed. I advised him to
surrender and told him if he did not that neither the United States
troops nor the Mexicans would let him rest. He agreed to surrender to
me Nana, one other man, his (Geronimo's) wife, and one of Natchez's
wives, with some of their children, nine in all, and promised to meet Gen-
eral Crook near San Bernardino in two moons to talk about surrendering.
With this understanding I returned to camp. In a short time he sent the
prisoners with the request that I give him a little sugar and flour. This
request I complied with, having in the meantime sent some of my scouts
for the pack-train, which they had found and brought back. Here.
almost at midnight, I was awakened by the scouts who had assembled say-
ing that they had seen the Mexicans approaching to attack us, and
that they must have ammunition. I had not intended to issue any more
just then, as we only had about three thousand rounds left, but they
begged so hiard that I finally issued one thousand rounds, though I could
hardly l)elieve this report. No Mexicans appeared. The hostiles had
plenty of money and it was afterward reported that our scouts had sold
them amumunition at the rate of omme dollar per round.
   The next day we continued on our mimarchi, which was very difficult onl
account of our being encumbered with our wounded. On the 17th of
January, while sitting with Captain Crawford, he opened his eyes and
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