“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Bowie in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Bascom Affair

Bascom Affair Site image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, March 14, 2011
1. Bascom Affair Site
Photo displayed on the marker is of Lt. George M. Bascom. In the area reserved for a photo of Cochise it is written:

No known photograph or painting of Cochise exists.

"Cochise was as fine a looking Indian as one ever saw. He was about six feet tall and straight as an arrow, built from the ground up. Perfect as any man could be."
James Travis, Apache Pass stage station keeper.
Inscription. On February 4, 1861, 2nd Lt. George Bascom, and his detachment of 54 men encamped two hundred yards east of here. Bascomís mission was to find Cochise, recover a kidnapped boy and return livestock assumed taken by the Chiricahua Apaches.

During the meeting with Cochise and members of his band, Bascom ordered Cochise held hostage until the boy and his livestock were returned. Knowing neither he, nor his people had committed the acts, the Apache chief was insulted and bolted from the tent.

In the ensuing confusion, the remaining Apaches were captured.

For sixteen days the mayhem of warfare bloodied the Apache Pass. Both Indians and soldiers captured hostages and executed them out of vengeance, creating bitterness and hatred that lasted eleven years. Terror reigned until 1872, when President U.S. Grant sent an emissary, General Oliver O. Howard, to join army scout Thomas Jeffords and Cochise in making peace.
Location. 32° 8.993′ N, 109° 26.982′ W. Marker is near Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from Apache Pass Road. Touch for map. Markers are located along the trail at the Fort Bowie National Historic Site. From Bowie, Az. drive south from the intersection of I-10B and Apache Pass Rd to the
The Bascom Affair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
2. The Bascom Affair Marker
trail head (approximately 8 miles) or from Willcox, AZ drive southeast for 20 miles on State Road #186 to the Fort Bowie turn off, then drive another eight miles on the unpaved road to the Fort Bowie Trailhead. Be prepared to walk the three miles round trip to the ruins and back. 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. Bascom-Cochise Meeting Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Stage Station Ruin (about 400 feet away); Parke Camp Site (about 400 feet away); The Butterfield Overland Mail (about 600 feet away); Post Cemetery (approx. ľ mile away); The Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle of Apache Pass; July 15-16, 1862 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mining Cabin (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
Also see . . .  The Bascom Affair, Apache Pass. Bascom's command, consisted of 54 men mounted on mules. Also accompanying Bascom was Mr. Ward and an interpreter called Antonio. Bascom and his command arrived at the west summit of Apache Pass February 3rd and proceeded over the road two and a half miles to the Overland Mail Station. (Submitted on April 26, 2011.) 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
The Bascom Affair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
3. The Bascom Affair Marker
Photo displayed on marker. image. Click for full size.
circa 1861
4. Photo displayed on marker.
Lt. George M. Bascom
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2011, by James Nuti of Bisbee, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,229 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on April 26, 2011, by James Nuti of Bisbee, Arizona. Photos:   1. submitted on April 25, 2011, by James Nuti of Bisbee, Arizona.   2, 3, 4. submitted on January 13, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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