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Cochise : the life and times of the great Apache chief

Author: Peter Aleshire
Publisher: Edison, NJ : Castle Books, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Chiricahua Apache leader Cochise, as nearly every American officer who faced him would testify, was an ingenious tactician and a ferocious warrior. He was also, in historian Peter Aleshire's account, a far-seeing politician and careful diplomat who balanced dedication for preserving his people's homeland with genuine efforts to keep the peace with the invading Americans who arrived in Arizona in the mid 19th  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Cochise, Apache chief; Cochise, Apache chief
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Aleshire
ISBN: 9780785820352 0785820353
OCLC Number: 61441895
Notes: Originally published: New York : Wiley, ©2001.
Description: xiii, 354 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface --
He turns to fight (October 1869) --
In the beginning --
Peace unravels (1824) --
Death of Pisago Cabezon and the rise of Cochise (1838) --
War to the death : Cochise he rises (1846) --
Storm from the east : the white eyes arrive (1856) --
Cut-the-tent--driven to war (1861) --
War of extermination (1861) --
Cochise triumphant (1861) --
Battle of Apache Pass : return of the Americans (July 1862) --
Death of Mangas Coloradas : the shadow of the giant (late 1862) --
Cochise the avenger (late 1864) --
Turn toward peace : Thomas Jeffords (early 1871) --
Power takes a hand (mid-1871) --
One-armed general and the last war won (October 1872) --
Frail peace--the dying chief (1873).
Responsibility: Peter Aleshire.

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The Chiricahua Apache leader Cochise, as nearly every American officer who faced him would testify, was an ingenious tactician and a ferocious warrior. He was also, in historian Peter Aleshire's account, a far-seeing politician and careful diplomat who balanced dedication for preserving his people's homeland with genuine efforts to keep the peace with the invading Americans who arrived in Arizona in the mid 19th century. Renowned though he was, Cochise did not attract biographers in his own lifetime, and chroniclers preserved only a few of his words. Concerned to present Cochise's life from an Apache point of view, Aleshire draws on the ethnographic and historical literature to imagine what Cochise might have been thinking and saying as he unified scattered bands of Apaches to fend off encroaching gold miners and interlopers such as the greenhorn army lieutenant George Bascom ("only a boy, not far out of baby grass, his whiskers soft and his face smooth"), whose insulting manner led to a bloody war that would take hundreds of lives and last for many years, not ending until long after Cochise's death. Also includes information on the Battle of Apache Pass and the Bascom Affair.

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