Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

"You are the false White-Eye who came to the Chiricahua Reservation a year ago and broke the peace treaty made by the Great Chief (Cochise) and Taglito (Tom Jeffords) and the one-arm general (O.O. Howard). Do not talk to me about breaking treaties-you and your sick brain!"

So said by Geronimo, upon his capture and being put in chains at Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, to John Clum April 21, 1877. Events went down hill for Geronimo after this verbal exchange. It would end with a train ride to Florida in early September 1886 after nearly 5,000 US Army personnel chased him and 30 other starving Chiricahuas (mostly women and children) in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.

Source; The Apache Wars (pg. 223) by Paul Andrew Hutton published 2016 by Crown Books. 

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Comment by dirtrider on July 10, 2016 at 5:48am

He loved Ojo Caliente and returned several times, living in peace, having abundant game to hunt.  We walked this area and could feel the presence of those going before us.  It is easy to fall in love with this area of NM.  Geronimo was a prominent leader from the Bedonkohe band of the Chiricahua Apache tribe.  From 1850 to 1886 Geronimo joined with members of three other Chiricahua Apache bands—the Chihenne, the Chokonen and the Nednhi.  We have a little history on the Chihenne (The red skinned People) here on SOTOW. 

Thanks, Carbine.

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