During the westward settlement, for more than twenty years Apache tribes eluded both US and Mexican armies, and by 1886 an estimated 9,000 armed men were in pursuit. Roberts (Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative) presents a moving account of the end of the Indian Wars in the Southwest. He portrays the great Apache leaders—Cochise, Nana, Juh, Geronimo, the woman warrior Lozen—and U.S. generals George Crock and Nelson Miles. Drawing on contemporary American and Mexican sources, he weaves a somber story of treachery and misunderstanding. After Geronimo's surrender in 1886, the Apaches were sent to Florida, then to Alabama where many succumbed to malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition and finally in 1894 to Oklahoma, remaining prisoners of war until 1913. The book is history at its most engrossing. —Publishers Weekly
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
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I enjoy the history of the American West and have spent a lot of time in the area where most of these events took place. I am a little hesitant to accept portions of the story though based on other readings of the same period. This is more-or-less a straight reporting of what the author gleaned from old military reports, newspaper articles and a few comments from those who claimed to have been there and done that. Hard to imagine some of the stated figures regarding casualty numbers etc. If you don't know much about these times and these famous Indian leaders the book is worthwhile. It does clarify some of the leadership structure of tribes in Arizona, New Mexico and even in Mexico border country.
This book is a thorough presentation of the widely-studied Apache Tribe in the Southwest Indian Wars. "Once They Moved Like the Wind" contains detailed descriptions and original insights of milestone events which I have found nowhere else. The writing is clear and interesting, and the text is well organized. While the quality of the illustrations is mediocre, most such books have none, and these added greatly to my appreciation of the author's points. More historical background and context would be useful, and I would like to see a discussion of the 6th U.S. Cavalry and Major Albert Sieber's historic use of Indian scouts, but that would expand the author's intent to give a short, focused account. In my opinion, collections featuring American Indians in general and the Apache in particular would be incomplete without David Roberts' excellent work.
This book is a masterpiece in research and insight! It is a no holds barred look into the workings of both the Apache, the "Blue Coats" and the circumstances they found themselves in. If your a history buff, or a lover of the Apache way, then this book is a must. Sometimes it is graphic, but the author takes pains to help you understand why certain incidents and behaviors occurred. He also explains differences within the tribal bands, their chiefs and what made them tick. Insight is given into the alliances within these factions or bands. And that these alliances were formed to overcome the obstacles and hardships the Apache faced. Confusion, racism, and fear among the white eyes, coupled with indecision from the great white fathers in Washington exacerbated the situation. A point that stuck with me is a lack of compassion or understanding of why the different bands wanted to live in certain areas, or couldn't accept living on a reservation that wasn't in a geographical location they...
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