Lt. Charles Gatewood & His Apache Wars Memoir


Lt. Charles Gatewood & His Apache Wars Memoir

Charles B. Gatewood
Edited and with additional text by Louis Kraft

328 pages
19 images, 1 map


January 2009


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About the Book

Lt. Charles B. Gatewood (1853–96), an educated Virginian, served in the Sixth U.S. Cavalry as the commander of Indian scouts. Gatewood was largely accepted by the Native peoples with whom he worked because of his efforts to understand their cultures. It was precisely this connection between Gatewood and the Indians, and with Geronimo and Naiche in particular, that led to his involvement in the last Apache war and his work for Indian rights.

Realizing that he had more experience dealing with Native peoples than other lieutenants serving on the frontier, Gatewood decided to record his experiences. Although he died before he completed his project, Lt. Charles Gatewood & His Apache Wars Memoir is an important firsthand account of Gatewood’s life as a commander of Apache scouts and as a military commandant of the White Mountain Indian Reservation. Louis Kraft presents Gatewood’s previously unpublished account, complementing it with an introduction, additional text that fills in the gaps in Gatewood’s narrative, detailed notes, and an epilogue. Kraft’s work offers new background information on Gatewood and throws the manuscript into new relief as a fresh account of how Gatewood viewed the events in which he took part.

Author Bio

Louis Kraft, an independent scholar, is the author of Gatewood & Geronimo and Custer and the Cheyenne: George Armstrong Custer’s Winter Campaign on the Southern Plains.


“The memoir is a fascinating read. To fill in missing details, Kraft has provided excellent commentary and footnotes. Readers will find invaluable Lt. Gatewood’s accounts of his service as chief of Apache scouts, commander of the White Mountain Apache Reservation, and later aide-de-camp to General Nelson Miles. . . . A welcome addition to the literature of the frontier army and Apache relations. . . . The book should provide students of military history and Native American studies a valuable primary source and fascinating chronicle of Apache life in the early reservation era.”—Mark Edwin Miller, Western Historical Quarterly

"A treasture trove of information on the Apache Wars."—New Mexico Magazine

“Gatewood was an excellent writer with narrative skill and his memoir makes interesting reading.”—Roundup Magazine

“This is a haunting story. . . . A good one to add to your Apache Wars reading collection.”—Chronicle of the Old West

"Lt. Charles Gatewood & His Apache Wars Memoir is a unique and welcome supplement to American military history or Native American studies shelves."—James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Prologue - The Adventure Begins
Chapter One - Mismanagement and the Last Outbreak
Chapter Two - The Apache Indians
Chapter Three - Military Commandant
Chapter Four - Civil Problems
Chapter Five - Gatewood and Geronimo
Epilogue - Slow Fade to Oblivion
Appendix - Old Black Joe's Devil

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