Cochise was a Chiricahua Apache chief who led the Indians’ resistance to the white man’s incursions into the U.S. Southwest in the 1860s.
Nothing is known of Cochise's birth or early life. His people remained at peace with white settlers until 1861, when a raiding party drove off a white rancher's cattle and abducted a child. An Army officer ordered Cochise and five other chiefs to appear for questioning. Denying their guilt, the Indians were seized and arrested. One was killed on the spot, but Cochise escaped and pursued revenge.