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The Discovery


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"The Discovery"
(detail)
by Don Stivers
Copyright Stivers Publishing

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Image size: 15 1/2" x 18"
Edition size: 2500 Signed and numbered
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The Victorio War of 1879 and 1880 pitted the Buffalo soldiers of the Ninth Cavalry against Victorio and the Tchine (Red Paint People), better known as the Warm Springs Chinicahua Apache. When deprived of the Ojo Caliente (Warm Sprintgs) Reservation promised to them by President U.S. Grant, Victorio left the reservation, vowing never to surrender. On April 6, 1880, a pincer campaign planned by Col. Edward Hatch resulted in a two day battle in the rugged San Andres Mountains of southern New Mexico. Two companies of Buffalo Soldiers commanded by Captain Henry Carroll rode into the Hembrillo Basin to attack Victorio and were ambushed and pinned down overnight. Rescue came the next morning when two more companies of Buffalo Soldiers followed Carroll's trail into the basin just as four companies of Sixth Cavalry and Apache Scouts arrived from the west.

After narrowly escaping death in the Hembrillo Basin, the Buffalo soldiers stumbled upon the mystic rock paintings left by the Apache. The paintings depict the Mountain Spirits who are invoked to ward off evil An image of a shield bearing Apache horseman could symbolize Apache defience of the government policy that denied them the promised reservation.

The Ninth Cavalry pursued Victorio's Warm Springs Apache for more than a year and found them to be frustrating and worthy adversaries.


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