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Massacre On The Lordsburg Road: A Tragedy Of The Apache Wars
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Texas A & M Univ Pr
Publication date February 28, 2005
Pages 270
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781585444465
ISBN-10 1585444464
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $21.95
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In the spring of 1883 Apache raiders massacred Judge McComas and his wife Juniata and kidnapped their six-year-old son Charley as the family traveled on a desolate road in southwestern New Mexico Territory, all victims of revenge sought by the Apaches for Gen. George Crook's campaign.

At the time, the entire circumstances concerning this tragic incident had not been fully understood--or perhaps cared about. In Massacre on the Lordsburg Road, historian Marc Simmons brings to light one of the last massacres of the Indian wars, presenting exactly why and how the McComases met their end on that desolate road, the events that led up to it, and the public reactions that followed.

Simmons recounts the raids and counter-raids leading up to the massacre and General Crook's subsequent Sierra Madre campaign. This was the first use of the "Hot Pursuit Treaty" signed between the United States and Mexico in 1882, allowing troops of either country to follow hostile Indians across the border.

With balanced, honest treatment Simmons constructs from long-buried fragments the events of that fateful day, the motivation for the attack, the subsequent publicity and search for the missing son, and, in broader terms, the cultural friction and clash between the Apache and the settler. The puzzlement of why a reputably wise and able man would lead his family into such a fatal predicament, the pursuit of the Apaches into Mexico by General Crook, and the ironic circumstance of Charley McComas's death at the hands of Crook's troops in a raid on the Apache camp, illustrates that past events were as complex and as human as those today.

Though academically thorough in its exploration and deliverance, Massacre on the Lordsburg Road will interest general readers of Indian history.



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from Texas A & M Univ Pr (November 1, 1997)
9780890967720 | details & prices | 250 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $29.95
About: In the spring of 1883 Apache raiders massacred Judge McComas and his wife Juniata and kidnapped their six-year-old son Charley as the family traveled on a desolate road in southwestern New Mexico Territory, all victims of revenge sought by the Apaches for Gen.
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from Texas A & M Univ Pr (February 28, 2005)
9781585444465 | details & prices | 270 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $21.95
About: In the spring of 1883 Apache raiders massacred Judge McComas and his wife Juniata and kidnapped their six-year-old son Charley as the family traveled on a desolate road in southwestern New Mexico Territory, all victims of revenge sought by the Apaches for Gen.

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