Crook vs. Miles
Crook vs. Miles
It is quite apparent that Crook’s approach of fighting Geronimo was very different from Gen. Miles’ approach. According to the writer, General Crook’s approach to fighting Geronimo could not have succeeded even in the long-run. General Crook used unorthodox methods of attacking his enemies by sending out his troops for attack each time he wanted to confront Geronimo and his hostiles. During his tenure, Crook lost most of his troops in battles. Many homes in Arizona and New Mexico were raided, many US citizens ...view middle of the document...
Crook’s failure had severe consequences on the relationship between the two states. Many civilians had lost their lives through raids and counter-attacks. Besides, the Mexican troops mistaken Apache scouts for hostiles and opened fire on them, mortally injuring most of them, including Captain Crawford. On the other hand, his successor-Nelson Miles- used a more strategic approach in pursuing and capturing Geronimo. He reorganized the department and dismissed the apache scouts, strategically positioning his troops at waterholes and mountain peaks (pbs.org, n.d). Miles used propaganda to convince Geronimo that he had captured most of his close friends, relatives and family members and that they were already stationed in Florida awaiting him (Geronimo) for a verdict by the president of the United States. Geronimo was quite shaken by this information and decided to give in and surrender. Therefore, there were no significant cases of loss of life during Miles’ pursuit and capture of Geronimo.
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