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R By September the US Army Had Negotiated A Cross had negotiated a cross operation of uestionable legality Known as the Buell Expedition the aim was to coordinate with Mexican state troops to destroy the Apaches This volume will end with Mexican state troops led by Colonel troops to destroy the Apaches This volume will end with Mexican state troops led by Colonel Terrazas inflicting a major defeat upon THE APACHES AT TRES CASTILLOS IT Apaches at Tres Castillos It be argued that the setbacks in Western Texas and at Tres Castillos demonstrate the employment of strategies and tactics by the Apaches which came very close to succeedi. Avalry unfit for field service was achieved through the Apache strategy of directly and indirectly targeting was achieved through the Apache strategy of directly and indirectly targeting US army s horses and mules Yet the Apaches also suffer their first major defeat of the campaign at the end of May After regrouping and engaging in widespread raiding in northern Mexico Victorio engaged the Tenth Cavalry in Western Texas during July August Failing to break through that regiment s defences he retreated back into Mexico This allowed the US army in New Mexico to rest and recove. .
This study following on from the author s acclaimed book I Will Not Surrender a Hair of a Horse s Tail commences with Victorio s return to New Mexico in January The US army s January to February campaign illustrates the operational decoy strategy employed by Victorio to protect his own logistic support whilst simultaneously undermining that of his opponents operational decoy strategy employed by Victorio to protect his own logistic support whilst simultaneously undermining that his opponents Hembrillo to his own logistic support whilst simultaneously undermining that of his opponents The Hembrillo operation in April saw the largest battle of the Victorio Campaign By the end of May Victorio s warriors have rendered the Ninth

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'Horses Worn to Mere Shadows': The Victorio Campaign 1880

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