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      Goyahkla, Goyaałé: "one who yawns"
      June 16, 1829
      Gila River, New Mexico (modern-day)

      February 17, 1909 (aged 79)
      Fort Sill, Oklahoma

      Medicine Man, Chief of Tribe

      Full Biography- Geronimo-wikipedia

      Geronimo (Chiricahua: Goyaałé, "one who yawns";
      often spelled Goyathlay or Goyahkla in English) (June 16, 1829 – February 17, 1909)
      was a prominent Native American leader and medicine man of the Chiricahua Apache
      who fought against Mexico and the United States and their expansion
      into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars

      Geronimo, a member of the Bedonkohe Apache tribe, was born in Arizona in 1823.
      His original name was Goyahkla (He Who Yawns).
      Mangas Coloradas and the Bedonkohe moved to Janos.
      In 1850, while the men were away, the Mexicans killed the camp's women and children.
      This included Geronimo's mother, his wife and three children.
      During the revenge attacks that took place on the Mexicans
      he was given the name of Geronimo.

      Ta-ayz-slath, wife of Geronimo, and child

      Geronimo became a war leader and in 1858
      Geronimo and his warriors won a great victory at Namaquipa.
      The discovery of gold at Pinos Altos, New Mexico,
      increased the number of Americans travelling through Apache land.
      This resulted in attacks by war chiefs such as Geronimo and Cochise.
      This included the attack at Apache Pass on 14th July, 1862.

      In 1876 the American government ordered the Chiricahuas
      from their mountain homeland to the San Carlos Reservation.
      Geronimo refused to go and over the next few years he led
      a small band of warriors that raided settlements in Arizona.
      Geronimo also attacked American troops in the Whetstone Mountains,
      Arizona, on 9th January, 1877.
      This was followed by a rare defeat in the Leitendorf Mountains.

      Geronimo was captured when entering the Ojo Caliente Reservation in New Mexico.
      Geronimo was eventually released and by April 1878 he was leading war parties in Mexico.
      The following year Geronimo surrendered and settled on the San Carlos Reservation.
      However, in 1881 Juh and Geronimo and their people left the reservation
      and headed for the Sierra Madre.
      In 1882 they carried out their most ambitious raid of all when
      they attacked San Carlos.

      Apache leader Geronimo (right) is depicted with
      a small group of followers in northern Mexico in 1886

      After the death of Juh, Geronimo became the leader of the Apache warriors.
      He continued to carry out raids until he took part in peace talks with
      General George Crook. Crook was criticized for the way he was dealing
      with the situation and as a result he asked to be relieved of his command.

      General Nelson Miles replaced Crook and attempted
      to defeat Geronimo by military means.
      This strategy was also unsuccessful and eventually he resorting
      to Crook's strategy of offering a negotiated deal.
      In September 1886 Geronimo signed a peace treaty with Miles
      and the last of the Indian Wars was over.

      Geronimo and his people were taken to Florida and Alabama
      before eventually settling in Oklahoma.
      Ace Daklugie and S. M. Barrett worked with Geronimo on his autobiography,
      Geronimo's Story of His Life in 1906.

      Geronimo, as US prisoner in 1909

      Geronimo, a Native American (Chiricahua Apache) man,
      a U. S. prisoner, poses outdoors near a group of tents.
      He wears a woven blanket and beaded cap.
      He has defended his people from the harm of the U.S land takeover

      Geronimo died at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, on 17th February, 1909.

      Geronimo's grave at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 2005.

      Edited and Compiled by ethanedwards
      With Information and Photographs from
      Spartucus Educationaland wikipedia
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 9 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: Western Legends- Geronimo

      There's a small museum at Ft. Sill which contains the cell in which Geronimo was imprisoned for a time after he arrived there. Pretty interesting. I've visited his grave several times.

      A famous Comanche warrior/war chief, Quanah Parker, is also buried near Ft. Sill. After surrendering, his band was settled near that military post.
      He became a very successful businessman after his surrender.
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    • Re: Western Legends- Geronimo

      I remember when I was stationed at Pensacola Naval Air Station and served on the firing squad, that one of the stones in the National Cemetery was of Geronimo's second wife.

      Noted Burials
      A grave of interest is that of Ga-Ah, an Apache Indian who was the second wife of Apache Chief Geronimo. Geronimo was born in southern Arizona, and his Indian name was Goyathloy, meaning one who yawns. The Mexicans gave him the name Geronimo, which is Spanish for Jerome. Geronimo was perhaps the most cunning Indian fighter in American history, and rose to leadership by his extraordinary courage, determination and skill in successive raids on Mexican troops who had killed his mother, first wife, and children, in 1858. He led devastating raids in Arizona and New Mexico before the U. S. Government intervened and caused him to surrender to General George F. Crook in May 1883. Geronimo escaped and conducted further raids in both the United States and Mexico before his capture by General Nelson A. Miles in 1886. He along with his wife Ga-Ah and his followers were captured. As prisoners of war, they were removed to Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island and subsequently transferred to Mount Vernon Barracks, Alabama, north of the city of Mobile. Ga-Ah died of pneumonia on September 29, 1887, and is buried in Section 18, Grave 1496.

      There is a picture on the website, search on Geronimo wife fort barrancas national cemetery
      Ben Cartwright SASS
      a good motto to live by
      What would John Wayne Do"
    • Re: Native American Legends- Geronimo

      Geronimo, a brave Apache. Lied to and treated poorly by the U.S. Army.
      The Wes Studi verson movie of Geronimo is very good.
      "A people that values their Privileges above it's Principles. Soon looses both." Dwight Eisenhower