In the spring of 1883 Apache raiders massacred pass judgement on McComas and his spouse Juniata and abducted their six-year-old son Charley because the family members traveled on a desolate highway in southwestern New Mexico Territory, all sufferers of revenge sought by means of the Apaches for Gen. George Crook's campaign.
At the time, the whole conditions pertaining to this tragic incident had no longer been absolutely understood--or maybe cared approximately. In Massacre at the Lordsburg Road, historian Marc Simmons brings to mild one of many final massacres of the Indian wars, featuring precisely why and the way the McComases met their finish on that desolate street, the occasions that led as much as it, and the general public reactions that followed.
Simmons recounts the raids and counter-raids prime as much as the bloodbath and normal Crook's next Sierra Madre crusade. This was once the 1st use of the "Hot Pursuit Treaty" signed among the USA and Mexico in 1882, permitting troops of both state to stick with adverse Indians around the border.
With balanced, sincere remedy Simmons constructs from long-buried fragments the occasions of that fateful day, the incentive for the assault, the following exposure and look for the lacking son, and, in broader phrases, the cultural friction and conflict among the Apache and the settler. The puzzlement of why a reputably clever and capable guy could lead his family members into this sort of deadly problem, the pursuit of the Apaches into Mexico through normal criminal, and the ironic condition of Charley McComas's dying by the hands of Crook's troops in a raid at the Apache camp, illustrates that previous occasions have been as complicated and as human as these today.
Though academically thorough in its exploration and deliverance, Massacre at the Lordsburg Road will curiosity normal readers of Indian history.