By Charles B. Gatewood
Lt. Charles B. Gatewood (1853–1896), an informed Virginian, served within the 6th U.S. Cavalry because the commander of Indian scouts. Gatewood was once mostly accredited via the local peoples with whom he labored as a result of his efforts to appreciate their cultures. It used to be this connection that Gatewood shaped with the Indians, and with Geronimo and Naiche specifically, that ended in his involvement within the final Apache struggle and his paintings for Indian rights. Realizing that he had extra adventure facing local peoples than different lieutenants serving at the frontier, Gatewood made up our minds to list his reports. even if he died sooner than he accomplished his venture, the paintings he left in the back of continues to be an enormous firsthand account of his existence as a commander of Apache scouts and as an army commandant of the White Mountain Indian Reservation. Louis Kraft provides Gatewood’s formerly unpublished account, punctuating it with an creation, extra textual content that fills within the gaps in Gatewood’s narrative, certain notes, and an epilogue. Kraft’s paintings deals new heritage info on Gatewood and discusses the manuscript as a clean account of ways Gatewood seen the occasions within which he took half.
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Additional info for Lt. Charles Gatewood & His Apache Wars Memoir
Gatewood mentions two classmates from West Point whose careers soon carried them in different directions and out of his life. Cunliffe Hall Murray, of New York, graduated twenty-fifth in their class. S. Cavalry, which was then stationed in the Southwest, but quickly dropped from sight. Richard Hulbert Wilson (June 10, 1853– Mar. 21, 1937) graduated twenty-sixth in their class. S. Cavalry with Gatewood. S. Infantry. On July 20, 1878, he left for Camp Gaston, California. Wilson remained on duty in California until 1889, missing the last Apache wars.
36], (2 Editorial Approach What follows is intended to help the reader understand the approach I took when preparing Gatewood’s manuscript for publication. I used headers both to separate Gatewood’s text and to allow for a text lead-in to the next section. I hope that the text lead-ins offer information that is helpful in understanding Gatewood’s text that follows. Types of information that are presented include identification of participants, including short biographical sketches (although unfortunately at times this is not always possible), identification and description of locations, dating of events, and background information to give the reader a more complete picture of what leads up to and what is happening in Gatewood’s text.
The control of the Indians and the management of their affairs are fields so fruitful of discussion, that it may be thought little new can be advanced in regard to the subjects. It would seem, however, that the theories presented are more pronounced, the further their authors are removed from their application and from acquaintance with the character of their subjects. Of those who are in proximity to Indian reservations, some who are moved by apprehensions of danger from their depredations, and most who are influenced by greed for what is invaluable of their possessions are convinced that confinement to the most remote and barren localities, with capital punishment for every discontent, is the only means of safety, while that far distant theorist presents a prompt and happy solution in acts of Congress and the donation of a one hundred and sixty acre farm.