Chief Chihuahua, Chiricahua Apache


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Chief Chihuahua (c1822-1901) of the Chiricahua Apaches, also knoiwn as Kla-esh, seen holding a carbine.

He was a protege of Cochise, and surrendered with Cochise in 1872 going to live on the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona, where he became first sergeant of a company of Apache Scouts in 1880 under Lieutenant James A. Maney.

Three years later he fled the reservation to lead a war party into Mexico, but surrendered to General George Crook in 1883.

He left the reservation in San Carlos again with Geronimo and other chiefs in 1885 after the tiswin incident and lead raids into Mexico. Finally surrendering again to Crook in 1886.

In 1886, Chihuahua was shipped to Fort Marion, Florida, with the remaining Chiricahua renegades. In 1888, he was transferred to Mount Vernon Barracks in Mobile, Alabama. In 1893 he was transferred to Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he died in 1901.
He is buried in Apache North Cementery in Lawton Oklahoma.


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