A Chiricahua Apache of the Chokonen band, Cochise (c. 1810-1874) was one of the most celebrated Indian leaders of his time, one who battled both American and Mexican troops in the turbulent border region of nineteenth-century Arizona. Edwin R. Sweeney brings together the most revealing of contemporary military reports, eyewitness accounts, letters, and interviews that Cochise granted in the last decade of his life, to provide the most multifaceted portrait possible of the Apache leader. The interview-many printed here for the first time-are the closet we will ever get to autobiographical material on the man, his life, and his times. A close-up look at a pivotal figure in western history, Cochise offers a rare account of a vanished world told from the voices of people who lived in that enduring time and place. Book jacket.
University of Oklahoma Press
Firsthand Accounts of the Chiricahua Apache Chief