This piece represents a United States military cavalry trooper, during the 1880’s, in southeastern Arizona.
Famed for their fierceness in battle and resourcefulness in evading capture the Chiricahua Apache dwelt among the Sierra Madre Mountains in southeast Arizona. In describing the military’s efforts to apprehend the apache warriors, one soldier said, “We chase the wind and shoot at shadows”. Led by chief Niech, and medicine man, Geronimo, the Chiricahua were one of the last Indian tribes to lay down their weapons of war. On September 4, 1887 the Chiricahua surrendered to General Nelson A. Miles.