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  1. Cochise: Firsthand Accounts of the Chiricahua Apache Chief
    Cochise: Firsthand Accounts of the Chiricahua Apache Chief
    Cochise: Firsthand Accounts of the Chiricahua Apache Chief
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  2. Cochise: Firsthand Accounts of the Chiricahua Apache Chief

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A Chiricahua Apache of the Chokonen band, Cochise (c. 1810–1874) was one of the most celebrated Indian leaders of his time, battling both American intrusions and Mexican troops in the turbulent border region of nineteenth-century Arizona.

Much of what we know of Cochise has come down to us in military reports, eyewitness accounts, letters, and numerous interviews the usually reticent chief granted in the last decade of his life. Cochise: Firsthand Accounts of the Chiricahua Apache Chief brings together the most revealing of these documents to provide the most nuanced, multifaceted portrait possible of the Apache leader. In particular, the interviews, many printed here for the first time, are the closest we will ever get to autobiographical material on this notable man, his life, and his times.

Edwin R. Sweeney, a preeminent historian of the Apaches and their leaders, has assembled this collection from U.S. military records, Indian agency reports, U.S. and Mexican newspapers and journals, and transcribed personal recollections. Throughout we hear the voices of those who knew Cochise well or observed him firsthand, including one who had never "met his equal with a lance" and another who attested that "no Apache warrior can draw an arrow to the head and send it farther with more ease than he." We get two distinctly different views of the murderous events that led to the infamous Bascom Affair, in which Cochise and an American lieutenant squared off in a spiraling war of revenge. And we gain rare and unexpected insight into Cochise's thoughts during the Chiricahuas' move to the reservation at Tularosa.

In addition to a close-up picture of a pivotal figure in western history, Cochise offers accounts of a vanished world from people who lived in that world.

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This book is a wonderful addition to the history of the Chiricahua Apaches in general and in particular to the record of Cochise, one of their truly great leaders. The key attraction to me, as a historian, is that the book gives us a wealth of eyewitness accounts of Cochise ranging from friends through some surprisingly neutral on to some quite hostile accounts of the Chiricahua Apache leader. For those of you deeply interested in the Chiricahua Apaches I don't need to tell you to read the notes accompanying each eyewitness account - they are simply packed with additional information.

For those of you new to this topic I would recommend that you read Dan Thrapp's Conquest of Apacheria which will give you a good overview of the general topic. Move on to Sweeney's biography of Cochise as the immediate background to reading this book. You will not regret the effort.

Dr Robert N. Watt
University of Birmingham, UK
An excellent companion to author's earlier biography of Cochise. You should read that first before getting this one. This book gives personal views of the Apache chief which are otherwise difficult to find. Also check out the personal account book " Making Peace with Cochise".
I'm a fan of Ed Sweeney. I see this as the best scholar on the Chiricahua Apaches and their leaders.

Cochise lovers should definitely read this latest book by Sweeney. It is the natural extension of his wonderful biography of the great apache chief.
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