By Robert Watt, Adam Hook
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The number of fatalities inflicted suggests that the ambush must have been sprung from very close range. There is a ridge further away from the ranch that is said to be the ambush site; however, the terrain there does not offer easy escape routes from positions close to the trail, and if the Apaches had been deployed along the ridgeline itself they would have been too far away to inflict such casualties. The spot where we believe the ambush occurred allows good concealment close to the road, with good escape routes.
Convinced that it was safe, Russell proceeded to the waterhole – unaware that the Apaches had later turned away from their direction of march and up into the high ground, following the upper slopes and dropping off at intervals to lay an almost circular ambush above and around the waterhole. When Russell arrived at mid-afternoon they opened fire, and the troopers were pinned down until Russell managed to lead them out after nightfall. Whitney was killed, as were two horses, and a trooper was wounded; but despite these light casualties, Russell had to give up his pursuit – which had been the Apaches’ primary motive.
2) Victorio’s warriors close in around Carroll’s command, sniping, and preventing the troopers from fetching water from Rock House Spring. At first light they launch infiltrating attacks, to such close quarters that some troopers have to defend themselves with their revolvers. (3) At daybreak on April 7, Lt Cusack arrives with Cos A & G, 9th Cavalry, and relieves Carroll’s encircled command. (4) Almost simultaneously, Capt McLellan arrives by another route, with a detachment of 6th Cavalry and two companies of Apache scouts.
Apache Tactics 1830-86 by Robert Watt, Adam Hook