DEAD: Cochise

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Cochise (aged 69)
Apache tribe chief

Cochise (in Apache: Shi-ka-She or A-da-tli-chi – “having the quality of strength of an oak″, after the whites called him “Cochise”, the Apache adopted it as K’uu-ch’ish or Cheis “oak”; c. 1805 – June 8, 1874) was leader of the Chihuicahui local group of the Chokonen (“central” or “real” Chiricahua) and principal chief (or nantan) of the Chokonen band of the Chiricahua Apache. A key war leader during the Apache Wars, he led an uprising against the U.S. government which began in 1861, and persisted until a peace treaty in 1872. Cochise County, Arizona is named after him.

DEATH: After the peace treaty, Cochise retired to his new reservation, the short-lived Chiricahua Reservation(1872-1876), with his friend Jeffords as agent. Cochise died of natural causes (probably abdominal cancer) in 1874. He was buried in the rocks above one of his favorite camps in Arizona’s Dragoon Mountains, now called the Cochise Stronghold. Only his people and Tom Jeffords knew the exact location of his resting place, and they took the secret to their graves.

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