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The following text is reproduced from (the report of the) Eighteenth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 9, 1887.

 p62  Seward Mott
No. 3169. Class of 1886.
Died, March 12, 1887, at San Carlos Agency, Arizona, aged 25.

A despatch from the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona, conveys the sad news of the death there March 12, 1887, of Second Lieutenant Seward Mott, Tenth United States Cavalry, a promising young officer, under the following circumstances: Lieutenant Mott had been assisting Captain Pierce, Agent at the Reservation, in the division of lands. A young Apache chief, whose father was confined in the guard house, quarrelled with Lieutenant Mott over a division of land, and stabbed him several times, the wounds proving fatal. The murderer escaped, and is now with three renegades who went out to escape punishment for drunkenness, and are being pursued by scouts.​a Lieutenant Mott was born in New York, appointed to the Military Academy, and was graduated in 1866.

Army and Navy Journal, March 19, 1887.

Thayer's Note:

a The killer, an Apache named Nahdeizaz, was caught, brought to trial, and convicted; and served a sentence in Federal prison. The account of the murder given here is inaccurate in at least one particular: the court records of the trial are extant, and show that Lt. Mott was shot, not stabbed; see my note to his entry in Cullum's Register.

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