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According to the army surgeon from Camp Grant, nearly all the dead bodies were mutilated, including infants. ” Oury Park in Tucson today honors the pioneer who organized the massacre. King Woolsey The Apache could be brutal, but for sheer treachery, they were no match for white Americans. In territorial Arizona, a sleazy cold-blooded murderer like King Woolsey (c. 1832–1879) was considered a great hero. In 1864, after a series of livestock thefts, Woolsey led a group of set­ tlers to attack any Apache they found.

This is a studio portrait of Marlanetta (also called Marionetta or Early Morn­ ing), who may have been the seventh or possibly eighth wife of Geronimo. indd 33 6/10/10 11:17:33 AM 34 Geronimo In the early 1860s, Geronimo married Shesha, a Nednhi, and then a Bedonkohe woman named Shtshashe. Some of his wives were captured, such as the young Ihtedda, when his band surrendered. Geronimo also had several wives in captivity; his last wife was Azul. It is hard to tell for sure, but Geronimo seems to have had nine wives and about eleven children, though less than half of them survived to adulthood.

However, both the Blue and the Gray supported a war of extermination against the Apache occupants of the land. ” The Union Army was no friendlier. ” These types of attitudes could only lead to trouble. Yet, in January 1863, Mangas Coloradas had decided that the only solution for the Apache tribes was to make peace with the Americans. This most-respected of Apache chiefs took half his people to the mining settlement of Pinos Altos, New Mexico Territory. The Americans there had assured him that the Apache could live near them in peace and receive government rations.

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