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By Dan L. Thrapp

General George criminal deliberate and arranged the crucial Apache crusade in Arizona, and common Nelson Miles took credits for its profitable end at the 1800s, however the males who fairly gained it have been rugged frontiersmen similar to Al Sieber, the popular leader of Scouts. criminal depended on Sieber to steer Apache scouts opposed to renegade Apaches, who have been adept at hiding and raiding from inside their local terrain. during this rigorously researched biography, Dan L. Thrapp supplies vast proof for Sieber’s services, noting that the expeditions he followed have been hugely profitable while these from which he used to be absent met with few triumphs. probably the best tribute to his skills was once paid by way of a San Carlos Apache who, regardless of how depressing lifestyles may well turn into, simply because, he stated, Sieber might locate him whether he left no tracks.

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The city of Minneapolisif it could be called such in 1856was a buckshot scattering of log cabins and rude shanties when Henry and Theresia decided to settle there, but it had a tradition even then. Ever since the establishment of Fort Snelling in 1819 (on the Minnesota River near its junction with the Mississippi) there had been a few squatters here and there through the wilderness about the Falls. Most were graying voyageurs, French-Canadian or mixed French and Indian, with a leetle preponderance of the latter.

Mrs. Taylor repeated the statement, in substance, to Frank C. Lockwood in a letter dated September 3, 1933, now in the Lockwood Collection of the Arizona Pioneers' Historical Society (APHS), Tucson (cited hereafter as Lockwood APHS). At my request, Minneapolis Police Captain Donald W. " Johnson to author, December 18, 1958. " Letter from the Adjutant General's Office (AGO) to Frank C. Lockwood, October 19, 1933, Lockwood APHS. This and subsequent information on Sieber's army service is taken from a photostat of his service record, now in the National Archives.

When he reached enlistment age, however, he lost no time. Early on March 3, 1862 (since 1862 was not a leap year, his eighteenth birthday had come on Saturday, March 1, and he had to wait until Monday for the enlistment office to open), he marched his mother to the place of recruitment and she gave her written consent, whether reluctantly or not the record doesn't state, but she gave it. He was enrolled as "Albert Sebers"25 in Company B, First Minnesota, and formally mustered in at Fort Snelling.

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