The Apache Wars: A Timeline Part 4
According to Kaywaykla, “She could ride, shoot, and fight like a man, and I think she had more ability in planning military strategy than did Victorio.” He also remembers Victorio saying, “I depend upon Lozen as I do Nana”, Victorio’s uncle and patriarch of the band.
In late 1880, Lozen leaves her band to escort a new mother and her newborn infant across the Chiricahua Desert in northern Mexico to the Mescalero Apache Reservation in western New Mexico to spare them the horrific hardships faced by their band as they flee before the well-equipped, fast-moving armies of Mexico and the United States.
Beginning the perilous journey on foot with only a rifle, a cartridge belt, a knife, and a meager three-day supply of food, she has to evade both the American and Mexican cavalry as well as Anglo and Mexican settlers.
In a few days, they need more food, but she is afraid to hunt because a gunshot would betray their presence. Ever resourceful, she uses her knife to kill and butcher a stray longhorn steer.
Soon thereafter, she steals a Mexican cavalry horse for the new mother, barely escaping through a volley of gunfire. Employing all her strength and cunning, she then steals a Mexican cowboy’s horse for herself and disappears before he can give chase. A few days later she steals a soldier’s saddle, rifle, ammunition, blanket, and canteen. After weeks of trudging, riding, and stealing their way through the most dangerous region for any Apache, she delivers the mother and child to the reservation.
It was there that she learns that Mexican soldiers and their Tarahumara scouts have ambushed Victorio and his band at Tres Castillos in northeastern Chihuahua. Read More