MICKEY FREE: APACHE CAPTIVE, INTERPRETER, AND INDIAN SCOUT by Allan Radbourne
WINNER! Western History association Robert M. Utley Award; American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit
On January 27, 1861, an Apache raiding party attacked John Ward’s ranch in the Sonoita Valley of southeastern Arizona and carried off Ward’s thirteen-year-old stepson, Felix Torres. Thus began a remarkable odyssey in which a young Mexican American boy was transformed in an Apache worrior and eventually served as an Indian Scout for the U.S. Army. Nicknamed “Micky Free,” after the character in a popular novel, he captured the public imagination as he moved effortlessly between three cultures and participated in the important events of the Indian Wars in the Southwest. Allan Radbourne employs three decades of research in archival records, printed sources, and Apache oral tradition to tell the story of Micky Free and the Indian Scouts who played hitherto underappreciated roles in the Apache Wars of 1870s and 1880’s and the application of reservation policy.
2005, 328 pages