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In 1885 in published General Orders in Arizona, described as having "seen more active duty in the field with Indian scouts than any other officer of his length of service in the Army." He still had not been promoted beyond First Lieutenant, however.
The son of a Confederate soldier, he stood about 5 feet 11 inches tall, had gray eyes, and a dark complexion.
He is the commander of a battalion of five companies of Apache scouts - the hardest service a soldier can have."Naturally, an Army officer was needed to accompany the two Indian emissaries, and for this important task Miles turned to the one officer still on active service in the Department best known to Apaches, Lieutenant Charles B. With Crook gone, Crawford dead, and Britton Davis a civilian, he was the only man available to Miles who stood a chance of going to the renegade encampment and coming out alive.
Miles realized that the hostiles would not meet with an officer unknown to them, and Gatewood had nine years' service in the region, the last three of them in charge of Fort Apache Agency.
His wife was was from Frostburg, Maryland, the daughter of T. Mc Cullough, a local judge with minor political connections.
At West Point his fellows had dubbed him Scipio Africanus because his profile was said to resemble that of Roman General Indians were not so classical and referred to him as "Nanton Bse-che," translated as Big Nose Captain.One child died and was buried at Fort Wingate, leaving a son and daughter to grow to maturity.Through all the hardships encountered, the disappointments, even death of a child, his wife never complained. Apparently he personified the motto of West Point, "Duty, Honor, Country." Even his spare time was spent on the history of artillery, which he hoped would be published.He died there of stomach cancer on May 20, 1896, never receiving his richly-deserved promotion to Captain.He is interred in Section One of Arlington National Cemetery, alongside his beloved wife, who traveled the West with him for years.
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There he participated in keeping the peace between rival factions of ranchers.