A Tragic Mistake Captain Crawford killed by friendly fire.

Emmet Crawford True West
Emmet Crawford

Captain Emmet Crawford was one of the tragic casualties of the Apache Wars.  In late 1885, he led a small force into Mexico, chasing Geronimo. Mexican irregular troops joined the hunt in January 1886.  Crawford was set to talk with the Apaches when the Mexicans opened fire on the Indians.

Crawford tried to stop the attack; one of the Mexican soldiers shot him in the head. Crawford died just over a week later.  The two countries almost went to war until high level negotiations calmed the situation.  Crawford was buried in Mexico.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.