Mickey Free, Apache Indian Scout


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Mickey Free (b. 1847/1848; d. 1914, Apache name Mig-gan-la-iae), birth name Felix Telles, was born of Mexican parents.  Following his kidnapping by Apaches as a child, he was raised as one and became a warrior. Later he joined the US Army's Apache scouts and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, serving at Fort Verde between December 1874 and May 1878 and was given the nickname Mickey Free.

Mickey Free was raised to fight Chiricahua Apaches. He had several names, in Spanish, English and Apache. Back in the late 1800's Mickey Free was in quite a few old photographs of Apache scouts. Few people recognize him. He was just another fellow trying to survive the hardships of the rugged Southwest. Today, few know he was a central character in starting the Apache Wars (1861) or that he would fight in them until the end (1886).


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