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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Roberts, David, 1943-
Once they moved like the wind.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c1993
|Named Person:||Cochise, Apache chief; Geronimo; Cochise, chef apache; Geronimo|
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|ISBN:||0671702211 9780671702212 0671885561 9780671885564|
|Description:||368 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||Pt. I. Cochise's Will. 1. Cut the Tent. 2. The Black Pot. 3. Torture. 4. The Unknown Cochise. 5. 1871. 6. The General on Muleback. 7. This Is the Man. 8. Geronimo Ascendant. 9. The End of Cochise --
Pt. II. Geronimo's Power. 10. Turkey Gobbler. 11. Geronimo in Irons. 12. Victorio. 13. The Dreamer. 14. In the Stronghold. 15. The Tan Wolf Charges. 16. Turkey Creek. 17. Canyon of the Funnels. 18. Canyon of the Skeletons.
Shortly before Cochise's death, General George Crook was sent to the Southwest to subdue the Apaches and settle them onto reservations. Crook's predecessors had had little luck against the Apaches, who seemed to be able to melt into their mountain homelands when pursued. But Crook began using as scouts Apaches who had agreed to surrender and move to reservations. Thanks to the tracking skills of these Apache scouts, Crook was able effectively to pursue the free Apaches now under the leadership of Geronimo and other warriors. Geronimo, upset about the loss of his freedom, accepted the reservation for months at a time, only to break out and resume his resistance. In September 1886, recognizing the hopelessness of endless flight, he surrendered for good, having successfully eluded one-fourth of the U.S. Army.
Once They Moved Like the Wind is the epic story of the Apache campaign, told with sympathy and understanding. David Roberts recognizes that in struggling to save their land, the Apaches were fighting to preserve their way of life. Evenhandedly, he describes the sorry history of the reservations, where the Apaches were deceived and abused by the U.S. government and its agents, while at the same time he acknowledges reliable contemporary sources that reported on the Apaches' cruelty. Using historical archives and contemporary accounts, David Roberts has written an original, stirring account of the last years of the free Apaches.