The Black Legend : George Bascom, Cochise, and the Start of the Apache Wars Hardback
by Doug Hocking
In 1861, war between the United States and the Chiricahua seemed inevitable.
The Apache band lived on a heavily traveled Emigrant and Overland Mail Trail and routinely raided it, organized by their leader, the prudent, not friendly Cochise.
When a young boy was kidnapped from his stepfather's ranch, Lieutenant George Bascom confronted Cochise even though there was no proof that the Chiricahua were responsible.
After a series of missteps, Cochise exacted a short-lived revenge.
Despite modern accounts based on spurious evidence, Bascom's performance in a difficult situation was admirable.
This book examines the legend and provides a new analysis of Bascom's and Cochise's behavior, putting it in the larger context of the Indian Wars that followed the American Civil War.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 384 pages, 3 Maps; 18 Halftones, black and white; 3 Illustrations, black and white
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
- Publication Date: 01/10/2018
- Category: History of the Americas
- ISBN: 9781493034451