By Dan L. Thrapp
Apacheria ran from the Colorado to the Rio Grande and past, from the good canyons of the North for one thousand miles into Mexico. right here, the place the elusive, phantomlike Apache bands roamed, existence used to be as harsh, merciless, and pitiless because the nation itself. The conquest of Apacheria is an epic of heroism, combined with chicanery, false impression, and tragedy, on either sides.The author’s account of this crucial phase of Western American heritage contains the Walapais conflict, an eyewitness record at the demise of the gallant lieutenant Howard B. Cushing, the well-known Camp provide bloodbath, common Crook’s offensive in Apacheria and his problems with basic Miles, and the bold Apache leaders, together with Cochise, Delshay, giant Rump, Chunz, Chan-deisi, Victorio, and Geronimo.
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That evening a note was received from Wallace reporting that Cochise held other prisoners, and would agree to the exchange. (footnote continued from previous page) The Bascom Affair: A Reconstruction, Arizona and the West, Vol. III, No. 1 (Spring, 1961), 5968; Benjamin H. Sacks, New Evidence on the Bascom Affair, Arizona and the West, Vol. IV, No. 3 (Autumn, 1962), 26178; Arthur Woodward, Side Lights on Fifty Years of Apache Warfare 18361886, Arizoniana, Vol. II, No. 3 (Fall, 1961), 314. Page 18 Here arises a serious question: with both Cochise and Bascom agreed on a peaceful trade of prisoners, why did it fail to come off and why did bloodshed result?
Don Santiago, Juan is reported to have said, you have never deceived me, and, if you give me your word of honor that the report is false, come to my camp with your men and pass the night with us. Arriving at Juan's camp, Johnson told the chief he had brought a sack of pinole, or cornmeal, for his people. It was placed at a selected 12 John C. Cremony, Life Among the Apaches, 31. 13 Wilson, Observations, Hist. Soc. So. , 78. , 80; Cremony, Life Among the Apaches, 31; J. P. , Massacres of the Mountains, 315.
Whoever was driving the stage sized up the situation at the outset and, obviously an experienced Indian fighter, swung his teams off the road and whipped them cross-country to the only possible site for defense, a small mound where the party hastily threw up a small stone breastwork. The fight lasted three days, according to Indian accounts. The whites were unable to get water, and the little food they had was soon exhausted, it was reported. The Indians finally killed them, but at the loss of something like forty-five men.