At the end, in the summer of 1886, they numbered thirty-four men, women, and children under the leadership of Geronimo.
This small group of Chiricahua Apaches became the last band of free Indians to wage war against the United States Government.
The 'renegades', as white men called them, were mercilessly pursued by five thousand American troops (one quarter of the US Army) and by three thousand Mexican soldiers.
For more than five months Geronimo's band ran the soldiers ragged.
The combined military might of two great mations succeeded in capturing not a single Chiricagua, not even a child.' From the Preface.
Of the many tales of conflict and warfare between the US Government and the Indian tribes, perhaps none is more dramatic or revealing than the story of the Apache wars.
Those wars were the final episode of the US Government's subjugation of the indigenous peoples; the surrender of Geronimo in 1886 effectively ended the Indian wars.
Once They Moved Like the Wind is the epic story of the Apache campagin, told with sympathy and understanding. Using historical archives and contemporary accounts, David Roberts has writeen an original, stirring account of the last years of the free Apaches.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/04/1998
- Category: History of the Americas
- ISBN: 9780712666282