The Geronimo Campaign
On August 25 1886, the Apache chief, Geronimo, surrendered to the US army, ending a long and bloody struggle. This fascinating book draws on fresh evidence to examine the ironies, dangers, and vicissitudes of that campaign. Based on the papers collected by Lt. Charles B. Gatewood - the one white man Geronimo trusted - including depositions from old soldiers and scouts, official documents, articles, letters, and photographs, the book shows that it was essentially a war no one won - the Apaches (like the Sioux, Comanche, and Nez Perce before them), losing their land and lifestyle, the Americans losing all that the tribes might have contributed to the union and more than a measure of national self-respect.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 135.4 x 202.7 x 12.7mm | 233.89g
- 27 May 1993
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- Revised ed.
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In The Geronimo Campaign, Odie B. Faulk offers a lively and often chilling account of the war that raged between Apaches and U.S. soldiers over the deserts and mountains of Arizona, New Mexico, and northern Mexico in the mid 1880s, and traces its legacy well past Geronimo's ultimate surrender. He is especially concerned with the campaign's wider historical setting and significance, and with the sad record of betrayal of Native Americans by the U.S. Government. Faulk shows that neither the Army nor the Indians wanted war, and reveals that the true instigators of the conflict were rapacious American settlers - the "Tucson Ring" of merchants - who sold grain, hay, and other provisions to the troops as well as to those living on the Indian reservations. This realistic and colorful narrative vividly recreates the era of the final Indian Wars, offers an exceptionally clear and sympathetic life history of Geronimo, provides a brief history of the Apache people, and sheds new light on the conflict through many hitherto unknown documents originally collected by the son of Lt. Charles B. Gatewood, the Army commander to whom Geronimo finally surrendered in 1886.
"The author has used much new material collected by the son of Lt. Charles B. Gatewood, who arranged the surrender, and was the one white man Geronimo trusted. Faulk has sought to be fair in his account--a most difficult task where the clash of cultures and races leaves no ground for neutral observation....Highly recommended."--Library Journal"The best account of this phase of Geronimo's life since The Truth About Geronimo (1929) by Britton Davis, an officer who played an active part in the campaign."--CHOICER"Well written. It is good to have this work back in print."--Howard Meredith, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma"This book is well-written and thoroughly researched. It presents a fairly balanced view of the war. My students read it carefully and enjoyed it. it opened their eyes to both sides of the conflict. we would like to see maps of the campaign areas added."--Barbara Handy-Marchello, University of North Dakota
About Odie B. Faulk
Odie B. Faulk, Professor Emeritus of History at Northeastern University, has written numerous books, among them, North America Divided: The War With Mexico, Tombstone: Myth and Reality, and Land of Many Frontiers: A History of the American Southwest.