Re: Geronimo

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Posted by Petra on July 06, 1998 at 20:13:16:

In Reply to: Re: Geronimo posted by Alysha on July 06, 1998 at 12:22:18:

I didn't know it before, but I just tried to look it up: I found a reference to Lt. Gatewood in my little booklet "The Yavapai" by Kate Ruland-Thorne. She writes:

"Although General Miles took full credit for the final capture of Geronimo, in actuality it was Lieut. Gatewood and a company of reinstated Tonto scouts from the Verde Valley led by two Tonto Apaches, Captain Smiley and Ed Joe. It is to them that the credit should have been given for finally locating Geronimo again in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Gatewood, with the help of two Chiricahua interpreters, convinced Geronimo to give himself up. As their reward, Miles shipped all these Scouts and interpreters off to a Florida prison along with Geronimo and his followers."

That sounds close enough to the movie.

But for example that webpage on AZ history that I linked to above tells it like this: "Over the next five months Miles employed 5000 troops in his hunt for Geronimo's tiny band of 35 warriors and about 80 women and children. Incredible exploits took place in the Sierra Madre, and finally on 4 September 1886, Geronimo finally surrendered at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona. It was not Miles, however, who did the actual capture. It was actually Lieutenant Britton Davis and the Chiricahua Apache scouts Martine and Kayitah."

Other books that we have focus on Geronimo, not the officers, so this is all I know. Here is another link, the San Carlos Apache Cultural Center, they have a couple of further links, although some of them don't seem to work.
We plan to visit some of the historic sites later this month.

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