Battle of the Mimbres River

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Battle of the Mimbres River
Part of the Apache Wars
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An Apache warriors by William F. Farny.
Date December 4, 1860
Location Mimbres River, New Mexico Territory
Result American victory
Belligerents
 United States Apache
Commanders and leaders
United States James H. Tevis Mangas Coloradas
Strength
30 militia unknown
Casualties and losses
unknown 4 killed
Civilian Casualties: 13 captured

The Battle of the Mimbres River was a surprise attack launched by a troop of American militia against an encampment of Chiricahua Apaches along the western shore of the Mimbres River.

On December 4, 1860 a force of thirty armed miners led by James H. Tevis attacked at sunrise, claiming it was retaliation for stolen livestock. The surprised Apaches, led by Mangas Coloradas, were quickly defeated in a short close quarters action. Four warriors were killed and an unknown number were wounded. The settlers' casualties are unknown, if any at all. Thirteen women and children were captured and several warriors fled, leaving their families behind. Mangas Coloradas survived. The Americans recovered some of their livestock. [1]

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  • Lavender, David. The Rockies. Revised Edition. N.Y.: Harper & Row, 1975.
  • Limerick, Patricia Nelson. The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West. N.Y.: W.W. Norton, 1987.
  • Thrapp, Dan L. (1979). The Conquest of Apacheria. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-1286-7. 
  • Williams, Albert N. Rocky Mountain Country. N.Y.: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1950.