“On October 5, 1868, a band of Apache Indians attacked a stage coach en-route to Tucson under escort by four soldiers, killing the driver, passenger, and all four soldiers. Within hours of this attack, Cochise and his Indian band encountered a group of cowboys in the Sulphur Springs Valley. The Apaches attacked, killing one of the men and stealing the cattle. One man of that group managed to escape and fled to Ft. Bowie to ask for help. Lt. William H. Winters took a troop of Cavalry in pursuit of Cochise, and was joined en-route by additional soldiers under Capt. Reuben Bernard while Cochise fled into his stronghold between Red Rock and Turtle Mountain, above Rucker Canyon. There the Cavalry encountered Cochise's warriors on October 20, 1869, in what became known as ‘The Campaign of the Rocky Mesa.’”2
Tracy received his Medal of Honor on February 14, 1870.1
John Tracy is buried in Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.2
Minnesota Medal of Honor Recipients Registered in Minnesota Memorial;
Minnesota State Capitol grounds; St. Paul, Minn.
Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Oct. 20, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included.