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Near Bowie in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Bascom-Cochise Meeting Site

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By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
1. Bascom-Cochise Meeting Site Marker
Inscription. After the events on the afternoon of February 4th, Bascom ordered the command to move toward, and fortify, the stage station. According to Sergeant Daniel Robinson:

“Our wagons were placed end to end, forming a semicircle, covering one side of the station, and the corral, making a basis for outer breastworks. There was a deep ravine on this side, the head or nearest point of it about a hundred yards from the station. Empty grain sacks were filled with earth and placed on the inner side of the circle.”

On the morning of February 5th, “…the Apaches were assembling in force on a hill 800 yards off.” They soon dispersed leaving a white flag. Soon a warrior approached the stage station defended by Bascom and his force. The warrior stated that Cochise wished to have a “talk” with our chief. Sergeant Robinson continued:

“The ‘talk’ commenced by Cochise making a strong appeal for the release of the … captive Indians. He was told that they would not be released until the boy was given up or found … In this manner the talk continued for about an hour.

[Butterfield employee James] Wallace approached the ravine at a point above us apparently unnoticed by anyone … A dash was made by a few Indians from the ravine. They seized and dragged him into it
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By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
2. Bascom-Cochise Meeting Site Marker
Photo displayed on marker points out the locations of Helen's Dome, Butterfield Road, Bascom/Cochise Meeting Site and the Wallace capture site.
out of sight. This broke up the talk in quick time.”

A firefight ensued between soldiers defending the stage station and Apaches firing from the surrounding hills and ravines.

Three days later, in a final attempt to gain the release of Apache captives, Cochise and his warriors attacked soldiers both at the stage station and Apache Spring. These attacks met without success, compelling Cochise and his followers to abandon Apache Pass and move into the Chiricahua Mountains.
Location. 32° 8.934′ N, 109° 26.984′ W. Marker is near Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from Fort Bowie Trail 0.6 miles from Apache Pass Road. Touch for map. Marker is located along the trail at the Fort Bowie National Historic Site. For most visitors access to the fort is via a 1.5 mile hiking trail of moderate difficulty. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie AZ 85605, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stage Station Ruin (a few steps from this marker); The Butterfield Overland Mail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bascom Affair (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parke Camp Site (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Bascom-Cochise Meeting Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
3. Bascom-Cochise Meeting Site Marker
Post Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency (approx. ¼ mile away); The Battle of Apache Pass; July 15-16, 1862 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mining Cabin (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . .  The Bascom Affair, Apache Pass. Cochise, accompanied by a party of seven in number, a half brother, two nephews, two squaws and a boy, entered Bascom's camp, which was the Apache custom, to greet visitors. (Submitted on January 13, 2017.) 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 13, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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