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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.

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Doug Hocking

Doug Hocking grew up on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in the Rio Arriba (Northern New Mexico) . He attended reservation schools, Ivy League prep school, and graduated from high school in Santa Cruz, New Mexico, in the Penitente heartland among paisonos and Indios. Doug enlisted in Army Intelligence out of high school and worked in Taiwan, Thailand and at the Pentagon. With an undergraduate degree in business he returned home for graduate study in Social Anthropology (Ethnography) and then returned to the Army as an Armored Cavalry officer (scout) completing his career by instructing Military Intelligence lieutenants in intelligence analysis and the art of war. He has earned a master's degree with honors in American History and completed field school in Historical Archaeology. Since retiring he has worked with allied officers, entertained tourists with history and tall tales, built houses and taught at Cochise College where he initiated the Culinary Arts Program. He is now an independent scholar residing in southern Arizona near Tombstone with his wife, dogs, a feral cat and a friendly coyote. He is on the board of the Southern Chapter of the Arizona Historical Society and is Sheriff of the Bisbee Corral of the Westerners which won the Heads Up Award in 2014. He began writing a few years ago and has published in Wild West, True West, Buckskin Bulletin and Roundup Magazine. His photographs have appeared in the Arizona Republic, Tucson Star and Sacramento Bee as well as in numerous magazines. He has appeared as an historian on radio and TV. His short story "Marshal of Arizona" appears in La Frontera's Outlaws and Lawmen anthology, a second, "The Bounty," appears in Dead or Alive, a third, "Echo Amphitheater," in Broken Promises. His historical novels Massacre at Point of Rocks and Mystery of Chaco Canyon are available on Amazon in print and eBook and from his website . He is working on a biography of Tom Jeffords, Cochise's Friend.

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