Like so many others, I enjoy local histories. Understanding history is how I get a sense of the places and people I visit as I travel around Baja Arizona creating my videos, photographs, stories, and reviews to share with you on my Southern Arizona Guide.
Of late, I have been reading extensively about the Apache Wars (1861-1886), a quarter century of raids, murders, rapes, kidnappings, massacres, pitched battles, treaties and treachery that raged over what is now Northern Mexico, Western New Mexico, and Southeastern Arizona from Fort Apache & San Carlos Reservations in the north down to Fort Bowie and the Chiricahua and Dragoon Mountains an hour or two east of Tucson to Skeleton Canyon 12 miles north of the International border near the Slaughter Ranch where Geronimo surrendered for the fourth and last time.
In 1929, decades after he had led U.S. troops and Apache scouts to find Geronimo and his small band of Chiricahua renegades and talk them into surrendering, former Lt. Britton Davis published The Truth About Geronimo.
He tells us, in this fascinating first-person account, that in the intervening years, there had been so many lies told about the U.S. – Apache conflicts and particularly who should be given credit for “capturing” Geronimo, that he, Davis, just wanted to see the record set straight by someone who had actually participated directly.