Charles Bare Gatewood was born in Woodstock, Virginia back in 1853. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point graduating in 1877, as a Second Lieutenant. He received orders to report to the 6th Cavalry in the Southwest at Fort Wingate, New Mexico. He led Apache’s and Navajo Scouts throughout the Southwestern United States.
After just one year he was placed in command of the Apache scouts from the White Mountain Apache Reservation then an aide-de-camp to General Nelson Miles. In 1890, he was assigned to the 6th Cavalry, H Troop ordered to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Agency. He was not engaged in the final campaign at Wounded Knee due to rheumatism in both shoulders. By 1891, he had recovered enough rejoining the 6th Cavalry at Fort McKinney, Wyoming and was involved in the Johnson County War. In 1892, he was sent to Denver, Colorado to b mustered out due to his health. He died of stomach cancer on May 20, 1896.
What you may not know about Charles is that he was the one man responsible for the surrender of someone you may have heard of Geronimo.
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