Beyond the Border with Crook

Illustration of Crook by BBB

Dressed in a sack coat and carrying a shotgun, riding a mule and wearing a pith helmet, Gen. George Crook looked more like a duck hunter than the ingenious military leader he was. With echoes to Afghanistan, Crook was relieved of his command after successfully talking Geronimo into surrendering in 1886 at Canyon de los Embudos (Canyon of the Funnels), just below the Mexican border, east of present-day Douglas, Arizona. All his hard work was undone by a whiskey trader. Crook’s replacement, Gen. Nelson A. Miles ultimately got the credit for Geronimo’s final surrender (the Apache leader had surrendered four different times).

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