W. Michael Farmer has announced that his new series of Apache novels — this one focusing on the controversial Chato, will publish in December. Farmer knows the land and its history very well, and I expect this will be a good un.
DESPERATE WARRIOR, DAYS OF WAR, DAYS OF PEACE, CHATO’S CHIRICAHUA APACHE LEGACY, VOLUME ONE, is based on a true story. Beginning about 1877, the name of a warrior, Pedes-klinje, or as the Mexicans called him, Chato (meaning “flat nose”) appears often in the history of the Apache wars. He was a fierce, power-hungry, and belligerent fighter with no tolerance for those of his People who wanted peace with the White Eyes, and often served as Geronimo’s number two during raids. Desperate to save a wife and two children taken into Mexican slavery in 1883, Chato supported the army as a loyal scout believing that only through General Crook’s influence with the Mexican government could his family be freed.
Chato knew any chances of getting his family back were gone when Geronimo led an escape from Fort Apache in 1885. As one of the army’s most respected Apache scouts, he led an army command after the Geronimo renegades in Mexico and became one of the primary leaders of the Chiricahua peace faction determined to stay on the reservation. With Chato after him, Geronimo was quick to spread stories that Chato was a traitor and a liar. After four months of tracking and capturing renegades in some of the most of rugged mountains in Mexico, Chato returned to his farm at Fort Apache expecting to work hard and become prosperous. Little did he know the government had other plans.
An intriguing tale from Kentucky…
Saturday’s Frontier Partisan Biathlon was conducted in dank Scottish conditions. It wasn’t raining, exactly; the air was just wet. It called for a certain mood for the soundtrack…
We’re coming up on the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution, and colonial Williamsburg is going all-out with a campaign to enhance the site and its archaeological and educational reach.
I really dig this heavy version of a classic song of the maritime frontiers.