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Born: c. 1815
Died: June 8, 1874 (age 59?), Arizona

Trivia powered by Prof. WalterCochise (K'uu-ch'ish = "firewood") was a chief (a nntan) of the Chokonen ("central" or "real" Chiricahua) band of the Chiricahua Apache and the leader of an uprising that began in 1861. Cochise County, Arizona is named after him.

What do you know about Cochise? Try this US Old West History Made Easy Quiz. "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1. Cochise and the Chokonen-Chiricahua lived in the area that is now the northern Mexican region of Sonora, New Mexico, and Arizona, which were traditional Apache territories until the coming of the Europeans.

  • Fact or Myth?

2. Due to encroachment by Spain and later Mexico, the Chokonen and Nednhi-Chiricahua became increasingly dependent upon food rations issued by the Mexican government to placate them. When did they stop providing the food?

  • 1831
  • 1867
  • 1899

3. The Mexican government began a series of military operations in order to either capture or neutralize the Chiricahua, but they received stiff resistance from Cochise and the Apache. Mexican forces were finally able to capture Cochise during an Apache raid. Where was the raid?

  • Nogales, Sonora
  • Fronteras, Sonora
  • Patagonia, Arizona

4. Cochise worked at the stagecoach station in Apache Pass for the Butterfield Overland Mail line. What was his job?

  • Woodcutter
  • Wrangler
  • Cowboy

5. In 1861 when an Apache raiding party drove away a local rancher's cattle and kidnapped his twelve-year-old son. Cochise and five others of his band were falsely accused of the incident (which had actually been done by the Coyotero band of Apaches). The six suspects were ordered by an inexperienced Army officer to report to the fort for questioning. Although they maintained their innocence, the group was arrested and imprisoned. What was the name of the incident?

  • Bascom Affair
  • Cochise Escape
  • Apache Pass Raid

6. At Apache Pass in 1862, Cochise and Mangas Coloradas, with around 500 fighters, held their ground against a force of California volunteers under until howitzer artillery fire was brought to bear on their position. Who commanded the California volunteers?

  • General James Henry Carleton
  • Lt. Col. George Crook
  • Gen. Brighton Miles

7. In January 1863 Gen. Joseph Rodman West, under orders from Gen. Carleton, was able to capture Mangas Coloradas by duping him into a conference under a flag of truce. During what was to be a peaceful parley session, the Americans took the unsuspecting Mangas Coloradas prisoner and later executed him.

  • Fact or Myth?

8. Following various skirmishes, Cochise and his men were gradually driven into the mountains but were nevertheless able to use the mountains as cover and as a base from which to continue significant skirmishes against white settlements. What was the name of the mountains?

  • Dragoon Mountains
  • Cooper Mountains
  • White Tank Mountains

9. After some of his mail riders were killed by Apache raiding parties, the superintendent of a mail line rode alone into the camp of Cochise to parley. This bravery so impressed the chief that he became friend and blood brother to him, granting his mail riders safe passage. Who was the superintendent?

  • James Stewart
  • Hank Arnold
  • Tom Jeffords

10. Where is Cochise buried?

  • Buried in the Dragoon Mountains of Arizona, location unknown
  • Tombstone Cemetery (Old), Tombstone, Arizona
  • Evergreen Cemetery, Tucson, Arizona


  1. Fact
  2. 1831
  3. Fronteras, Sonora
  4. Woodcutter
  5. Bascom Affair
  6. General James Henry Carleton
  7. Fact
  8. Dragoon Mountains
  9. Tom Jeffords
  10. Buried in the Dragoon Mountains of Arizona, location unknown

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