At Apache Pass, fighting between the Apaches and the cavalry had been taking place for over 25 years. The cavalry wanted to establish a fort to protect travelers of the Butterfield Overland Stage road. During the final battle, the cavalry triumphed due to tenacity. Even though they were outnumbered, they were determined to secure the Apache Spring. When attacked by the Apaches from the rear, they aggressively counterattacked and drove the antagonists into the hillside. This strategy caused the braves to be separated and become easy targets.
At Big Dry Wash, what started out as an Apache ambush turned into a victory for the cavalry. Apache warriors were set in place to ambush soldiers as they rode into the canyon. However, information from scouts alerted the soldiers and they divided and conquered.