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Fort Bowie, Arizona: Combat Post of the Southwest, 1858-1894

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Fort Bowie, in present-day Arizona, was established in 1862 at the site of the famous Battle of Apache Pass, where U.S. troops clashed with Apache chief Cochise and his warriors. The fort’s dual purpose was to guard the invaluable water supply at Apache Spring and to control Indians in the developing southwestern region. Douglas C. McChristian’s Fort Bowie, Arizona, spans nearly four decades to provide a fascinating account of the many complex events surrounding the small combat...

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Fort Bowie, in present-day Arizona, was established in 1862 at the site of the famous Battle of Apache Pass, where U.S. troops clashed with Apache chief Cochise and his warriors. The fort’s dual purpose was to guard the invaluable water supply at Apache Spring and to control Indians in the developing southwestern region. Douglas C. McChristian’s Fort Bowie, Arizona, spans nearly four decades to provide a fascinating account of the many complex events surrounding the small combat post.

In a sweeping narrative, McChristian presents Fort Bowie in fresh contexts of national expansion and regional development, weaving in threads of early exploration, transcontinental railroad surveys, the overland mail, mining, ranching, and the conflict with the Apaches.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806137810
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas C. McChristian is a retired research historian for the National Park Service in the Santa Fe regional office and a former National Park Service field historian at Fort Davis and Fort Laramie national historic sites and at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. A resident of Tucson, Arizona, he is the author of Fort Bowie, Arizona:Combat Post of the Southwest, 1858-1894.

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Table of Contents

1 The army meets Cochise 14
2 The march of the California column 36
3 A sharp little contest : the battle of Apache Pass 48
4 The post at Apache Pass 64
5 Neither life nor property is secure in Arizona 87
6 Capture and root out the Apache 105
7 We will make peace 129
8 This sedentary life 149
9 To end this annual Apache stampede right now 175
10 It seems like a prison : garrison life 210
11 The whole problem is changed : the final years 251
App. A Fort Bowie commanding officers 273
App. B Units stationed at Fort Bowie 277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

    Purchased this because my Great Grandfather was stationed at Fort Bowie. When I was much younger and vacationing in AZ with my family, we stopped by the Fort. My Dad was thrilled to be there, at that age I didn't appreciate the opportunity given me

    This book was very informative about a time in the history of this country that I knew very little about. The author made that time come alive for me, and I gained insight into what it may have been like to have lived in the area during that time.

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