By Dan L. Thrapp
Apacheria ran from the Colorado to the Rio Grande and past, from the good canyons of the North for 1000 miles into Mexico. the following, the place the elusive, phantomlike Apache bands roamed, existence was once 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 section of Western American historical past comprises the Walapais struggle, an eyewitness record at the loss of life of the gallant lieutenant Howard B. Cushing, the well-known Camp furnish bloodbath, common Crook’s offensive in Apacheria and his problems with normal Miles, and the ambitious Apache leaders, together with Cochise, Delshay, massive Rump, Chunz, Chan-deisi, Victorio, and Geronimo.
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78. , 80; Cremony, Life Among the Apaches, 31; J. P. , Massacres of the Mountains, 315. Page 12 spot and the Apaches gathered hungrily around. Gleason invited Juan out to inspect a mule, in order to make sure of him. Johnson personally fired the lethal weapon on the crowd around the pinole, killing and wounding many of them, while Gleason shot Juan, but did not kill him outright. Juan grappled with him, calling for Johnson to come to his rescue as he did so. As the pair toppled to the ground, Juan raised his knife, but said to Johnson, in Spanish, For God's sake, save my life!
Bancroft, History of the North Mexican States and Texas, (footnote continued on next page) Page 9 Typical of these proyectos de guerra was the scalp bounty law established in 1835 by Sonora, offering one hundred pesos (a peso was roughly equivalent to a dollar) for each warrior's scalp. Two years later Chihuahua formally offered one hundred pesos for a warrior's scalp, fifty for that of a woman, and twenty-five for a child's. The policy frankly sought extermination, evidence that genocide has widespread roots and was not a modern invention of a single nation.
The next morning I took some trinkets from the body A little soldier giving his name as John T. Wright, came to the dead body and scalped it with an Arkansas toothpick [Bowie knife]. Five soldiers lifted the body, blanket and all, into a convenient ditch and covered it with a foot and one-half of earth. Later the surgeon, Captain D. B. Sturgeon, secured Mangas's tremendous skull and sent it to a phrenologist, Professor O. S. 37 Several years afterward charges of brutality were brought against General West concerning the Mangas affair, but the officer asserted he had placed seven soldiers, including a noncommissioned officer, over Mangas, to be sure he could not escape; that Mangas was cap- 37 Conner, Joseph Reddeford Walker, 3442.
Conquest of Apacheria (Civilization of American Indian S.) by Dan L. Thrapp