Prisoners of War
Geronimo, along with Chiefs Nana and Naiche, surrenders at Skeleton Canyon, AZ for the fourth and last time. They, their followers, and the Apache scouts who hunted them for the U.S. military, all become prisoner of war and are shipped in unsanitary, stifling railroad cars to Florida under heavy guard. Geronimo is imprisoned at Fort Pickens. Some of the Chiricahuas, including Chief Nana, are imprisoned at Fort Marion, Florida.
Crook, who had tried to improve the reservations for the sake of all, is furious that the Apache scouts, who had faithfully served his Army, were also exiled to Florida. He sends numerous telegrams of protests to military and civilian authorities in Washington. His protests are ignored by President Cleveland and General of the Army, Phil Sheridan.
The evidence suggests that “Geronimo’s last breakout from the San Carlos Apache Reservation left fourteen Americans dead in the United States and between 500 and 600 Mexicans dead south of the border.”
In his autobiography, Geronimo says, “I have killed many Mexicans; I do not know how many, for frequently I did not count them. Some of them were not worth counting. It has been a long time since then, but still I have no love for the Mexicans. With me they were always treacherous and malicious.” Would any of us feel differently toward those who had killed our mother, spouse, and children and tried to annihilate our people? Read More