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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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thoroughly conversant with both can have no conception. I believe that the
plan upon
which I have conducted operations is the one most likely to prove successful
in the end.
It may be, however, that I am too much wedded to my own views in this matter,
and as I
have spent nearly eight years of the hardest work in my life in this department,
I respect-
fully request that I may now be relieved from its command.
                                             GEORGE CROOK, Brigadier-General.
                                               WASHINGTON, D. C., April 2,
GENERAL N. A. MILES, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
   Orders of this day assign you to command the Department of Arizona to
General Crook. Instructions will be sent you.
                                                 R. C. DRum, Adjutant-General.
                                                 FORT BOWIE, A. T., April
2, 1886.
   The hostiles who did not leave with Geronimo arrived to-day. About eighty.
I have
not ascertained the exact number. Some of the worst of the band are among
them. In
my judgment they should be sent away at once, as the effect on those still
out would be
much better than to confine them. After they get to their destination, if
they can be
shown that their future will be better by remaining than to return, I think
there will be
but little difficulty in obtaining their consent to remain indefinitely.
When sent off a
guard should accompany themi.                GEORGE CROOK, Brigadier-General.
                                                WASHYINGrTON, D. C., April
5, 1886.
GEN. GEO. CROOK9 Fort Bowie, Ariz.
   The present terms not having been agreed to here, and Geronimo having
every condition of surrender, the Indians now in custody are to be held as
prisoners and
sent to Fort Marion without reference to previous communication and without,
in any way,
consulting their wishes in the matter. This is in addition to my previous
telegram of
to-day.                                         P. H. SHERIDAN, Lieut.-General.
                                                WAShINGTON, D. C., April
2, 1886.
   General Miles has been ordered to relieve you in command of the Department
Arizona and orders issued to-day. Advise General Miles where you will be.
   By order Secretary of War.                    R. C Ditum, Adjutant-General.
                                                 FoRr BOWIE, A. T., April
3, 1886.
GENERAL N. A. MILES, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
   Adjutant-General of the Army telegraphs that you have been directed to
relieve me
in command Dep't of Arizona. Shall remain at Fort Bowie. When can I expect
here'?                                        GEORGE CROOK, Brigadier-General.

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