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More than 5,000 troops were under General Miles' command at that time, including elements of the 4th, 6th and 10th Cavalry. He gave the principal pursuit mission to the 4th because it was headquartered at Fort Huachuca, the base of operations for the campaign. The Army had permission to go to Mexico in pursuit. Captain Henry Lawton, commanding officer of "B" Troop, 4th Cavalry, was an experienced soldier who knew the ways of the Apaches. His tactics were to wear them down by constant pursuit. Stationed at the fort at that time were many men who would later become well known in the Army: Colonel W. B. Royall, commanding officer of the fort and the 4th Cavalry, who was responsible for the logistical support of the Geronimo…show more content…
There, with Captain Lawton still commanding, the troop formed an honor guard, and were reviewed by dignitaries, both foreign and national. Captain Lawton, who had won the Medal of Honor with the 30th Indiana Infantry in the Civil War, also fought in Cuba in 1898, and was killed in action in the Philippines in 1899 as a Major General. Leonard Wood kept a complete account of the Geronimo campaign and later, when he was assigned to Cuba, put to good use his experiences in the pursuit. In 1895 in Cuba he served under General Samuel Whitside, who had founded Fort Huachuca in March 1877 as a Captain of "B" Company, 6th Cavalry. Leonard Wood later rose to the rank of General and became Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. Elements of the 4th were stationed at Fort Huachuca from 1884 to 1890. During World War II the 4th was reorganized and redesignated the 4th Cavalry, Mechanized. After numerous reassignments and changes, it became the 4th Cavalry, Armored. An Apache war chief, Geronimo, and a small band of warriors broke out of a concentration camp. He fought a guerrilla campaign against hundreds of United States cavalry and held out for months by raiding from the mountains which had been the Apache range until the white men came. While the cavalry followed rumours and false trails from canyon to mesa, newspapers in the east quickly made the defiant Apache a folk
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