ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
September 4, 1886
Geronimo Surrenders to General Miles
On this day in 1886, Apache military leader and medicine man, Geronimo, surrendered after decades of resisting
the white man's expansion into Apache tribal lands in the Southwest.
By the time he surrendered, Geronimo had become famous for his daring attacks and numerous escapes between 1858 and
1886. The name Geronimo was not his birth name but was given to him by the Mexicans after a battle in which he
repeatedly attacked Mexican soldiers with a knife through a hail of bullets while the Mexicans shouted "Geronimo",
a plea to their patron saint "Jerome", (Geronimo in Spanish).