Apache Indian War
Other than "local sheets" no "wire service" had any correspondents working in or around the "mountains of Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora or Chihuahua." That would soon change when staff correspondent Charles Fletcher Lummis entered Arizona Territory and border-Mexico in late March, 1886, to report on the in-progress Apache War. Lummis sent his reports and writings back to Major General Otis (retired) head of the Los Angeles Times papers.
"Lummis wrote what he saw, and we are in his debt for faithfully and fully recording it." The dispatches of Charles Lummis are of two types primarily: a "long complete" nature to be used by the paper at leisure and "brief news-oriented items doubtless sent by wire" from the "tiny community" of Bowie.
Lummis spent close to one month at the "front" of this current Apache war. "There is basic accuracy here, and one may...depend upon the truthfulness of his reports..."
Fort Bowie (1862-1896) "nestles in the mountains fourteen miles southeast of the (Bowie) station." Mountainous country all around, in area of Apache Pass, "there is no fort and no fortifications." The fort "stands at an altitude of 4781 feet". Surrounding the fort on every side there are ranches, with the fort having a staff of "about 100 soldiers".
Though Lummis never went on later campaigns into deeper Mexico with the troops, every known article he wrote during his time at and around Fort Bowie and in Arizona Territory is here. This is another very well conceived and executed volume from Dan Thrapp.