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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.
                                              FORT BowlE, A. T., March 31,
1886.
LIEUT.-GENERAL P. H. SHERIDAN, Washington, D. C.
   In reply to your dispatch of March thirtieth, to enable you to clearly
understand the
situation, it should be remembered that the hostiles had an agreement with
Lieut. Maus
that they were to be met by me twenty-five miles below the line, and that
no regular
troops were to be present. While I was very averse to such an arrangement,
I had to
APACIIES IN AMiBUSHlI.
abide by it, as it had already been entered into. W~e found them in camp
on a rocky hill
about five hundred yards from Lieut. Maus, in such a position that a thousand
men could
not have surrounded them with any possibility of capturing them. They were
able, upon
the approach of any enemy being signaled, to scatter and escape through dozens
of
ravines and caflons, which wouid shelter them from pursuit until they reached
the higher
ranges in the vicinity. They were armed to the teeth, having the most approved
guns and
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