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Grave dedicated to the men, women and children who were massacred by the soldiers of the US Army in Skeleton Cave. (By Marine 69-71 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons)

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Massacre at Skeleton Cave: A four-hour battle turned into 54 dead Yavapai Native Americans

The Battle of Salt River Canyon, known as the Skeleton Cave Massacre, was the first principal engagement during the Tonto Basin Campaign under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Crook of the United States 5th Cavalry.