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

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   The disposition of the people was decidedly unfriendly, and at Baserac
and B3avispe about two hundred of the local troops were assembled with
hostile intent. To add to the trouble, the scouts obtained mescal and were
very unruly. I had to use great care to prevent a conflict at Baserac. I
was obliged to pass through the town, as there was a mountain on one side
and a river on the other. The officials refused at first to let me pass,
I moved some of the troops through, supported by the remainder, and
avoided a conflict. At Bavispe the Indians obtained a large quantity of
mescal, and the civil authorities tried to take our captured stock. I sent
them out of the canip, and had they not left when they did I am sure the
intoxicated Indians would have fired upon them. Here occurred a quarrel
between a company of White Mountain Indian scouts and one of
Chiricahuas. They loadel their rifles to fire upon each other, while the
first sergeants of the two companies fought between the lines, but I finally
succeeded in quelling the disturbance. The next day I hurried away, and
without further difficulty reached Lang's Ranch, arriving there on the first
day of February. lUp to that time we had marched over one thousand
   I was ordered to return, February 5, to Mexico and look out for the
hostiles, who had agreed to signal their return. I camped about ten miles
south of the line on the San Bernardino River, and remained there until the
15th of March, when a signal was observed on a high point about twenty
miles south. I went out with four or five scouts and met some messengers
front Geronimo and Natchez, near the point from which the signal had
been made. They informed me that the entire band of hostiles were then
about forty miles away, camped in the mountains near Fronteras. I told
them to return and bring Geronimo and his band at once, as the Mexicans
were in pursuit and liable to attack them at any time. On the nineteenth
the entire band came and camped about half a mile from my command.
One more warrior with his wife and two children gave themselves up, and
I now had thirteen prisoners. I endeavored to persuade Geronimo and his
band to go into Fort Bowie, telling them they were liable to be attacked
by Mexican troops, but could only induce them to move with me to the
Cahon de los Embudos, about twelve miles below the border, where they
camped in a strong position among the rocks a half a mile away.
   I had notified the department commander upon the arrival of the
messengers on the 15th, and on the 29th he arrived at my camp. In the
interval, however, before General Crook arrixed, Geronimo had almost
daily come into mny camp to talk to me and ask when the general would

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