• Summary
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Political History of America’s Wars is the first reference work to explore the legislative, social, and policy aspects of America’s major wars, rebellions, and insurrections. This volume weaves together important primary source documents, informative biographies, and in-depth essays to provide coverage of the political antecedents, events, and consequences of America’s wars, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chapter 14. Apache and Navajo War (1860–1868)
Chapter 14. Apache and Navajo war (1860–1868)
At Issue

During this period, federal officials sought to confine the Apaches and Navajos to reservations. The Indians resisted throughout the Arizona Territory.

The Conflict

War with the Apaches and Navajos began when the Chiricahua Apache chief Cochise was falsely accused of participating in a raid on John Ward’s Arizona ranch during which cattle were taken and a boy was abducted. On February 4, 1861, Cochise, together with ...

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