Al Sieber: Chief of Scouts by Dan L. Thrapp

By Dan L. Thrapp

General George criminal deliberate and arranged the critical Apache crusade in Arizona, and basic Nelson Miles took credits for its winning end at the 1800s, however the males who quite received it have been rugged frontiersmen akin to Al Sieber, the well known leader of Scouts. criminal trusted Sieber to guide Apache scouts opposed to renegade Apaches, who have been adept at hiding and raiding from inside of their local terrain. during this rigorously researched biography, Dan L. Thrapp provides huge facts for Sieber’s services, noting that the expeditions he observed have been hugely winning while these from which he was once absent met with few triumphs. probably the best tribute to his skills used to be paid via a San Carlos Apache who, irrespective of how depressing lifestyles may develop into, simply because, he acknowledged, Sieber might locate him no matter if he left no tracks.

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J. F. Connor of Englewood, New Jersey, kindly permitted me to use her collection of the correspondence of Britton Davis and answered a large number of questions about it. Mr. Watt P. Marchman of the Rutherford B. Hayes Memorial Library at Fremont, Ohio, lent me copies of that institution's vast collection of Crook documents. Thanks and appreciation should also go to Walter A. Richards, Page x Burbank, California, without whose hospitality and generosity this project would have had a much slower start; Leroy Middleton of Phoenix, who pleasantly shared his recollections of Sieber and the Apache Kid story; Thad Frazier, Roosevelt, Arizona, who did the same with reference to Al's last weeks; Mrs.

Sieber was a rough man, one who could be callous, although he was never cruel as that word is generally understood. My purpose is to show him for what he was: a man who operated at the focal point of events of moment and who had a real, sometimes decisive part in them. It would be an exaggeration to say that he made history, with the exception of a very few instances, in which he was sometimes acting in error; but he helped to make a lot of it, and the development of a vast region of America would have been quite different without him.

At dark they withdrew across White Oak Swamp. Rebels were everywhere. The Minnesotans were sent to fight for a stream crossing, then back to another troubled spot, and after that to a third front to help salvage a badly used-up Union regiment. General Edwin V.

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