Antonije Mašanović

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Born(1860-04-30)April 30, 1860
Lesina, Dalmatia
DiedJuly 31, 1934(1934-07-31) (aged 74)
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona

Antonije Mašanović also spelled Anton Mazzanovich (Serbian: Антоније Машановић; Hvar, Dalmatia, then part of the Austrian Empire, 30 April 1860 [1]- Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, United States of America, 31 July 1934)[2]was a Montenegrin Serb author of several books about the Wild West, including "Trailing Geronimo", [3]a popular account of the last days of the Apache chief.[4]Mazzanovich was also a soldier and later worked as a theatre stage carpenter and mechanic in New York City[5]where he patented a few inventions.[6]

Anton Mazzanovich was born Antonije Mašanović to a Montenegrin Serb couple living on the island of Hvar, off the coast of Dalmatia, then under the rule of Austria, in 1860.[7]His ancestors came from Berane, according to the genealogical section of the Montenegrin Ethnic Association of Australia. [8]

In 1868, Antonije arrived from Austria with his parents and two brothers in New York City. Shortly after, the family settled out in the Pacific West in San Francisco. As a schoolboy, aged 11, he enlisted in the U.S. Military on 29 January 1870, according to the War Department records of the Adjutant General's Office in Washington. [7]Mazzanovich served as a 21-year-old private soldier in the U.S. Cavalry from 1881 to 1886 during the time that they engaged in the Apache Wars. [9]


  1. Office, Library of Congress Copyright (February 1, 1927). "Catalog of Copyright Entries. New Series: 1926". Copyright Office, Library of Congress – via Google Books.
  3. Mazzanovich, Anton (February 1, 1926). "Trailing Geronimo, by Anton Mazzanovich ... Edited and Arranged by E.A. Brininstool ..." Gem Publishing C° – via Google Books.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Cozzens, Peter (1 February 2001). "Eyewitnesses to the Indian Wars, 1865-1890: The struggle for Apacheria". Stackpole Books – via Google Books.
  9. columnist, Danny Haralson. "Did You Know: The bodies were missing". Eastern Arizona Courier.

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