In From Cochise to Geronimo, Edwin R. Sweeney builds on his previous biographies of Chiricahua leaders Cochise and Mangas Coloradas to offer a definitive history of the turbulent period between Cochise's death and Geronimo's surrender in 1886.
Sweeney shows that the cataclysmic events of the 1870s and 1880s stemmed in part from seeds of distrust sown by the American military in 1861 and 1863. In 1876 and 1877, the U.S. government proposed moving the Chiricahua from their ancestral homelands in New Mexico and Arizona to the San Carlos reservation.
From Cochise to Geronimo details the Chiricahua ordeal in maintaining their identity despite forced relocations, disease epidemics, sustained warfare and confinement. Resigned to accommodation with Americans but intent on preserving their culture, they were determined to survive as a people.