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Highway signs honor Medal of Honor recipients

By Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise
Only a few strands of fact trail behind Nicholas Maher.
He was born in Ohio in 1845 and died in Boise in 1916.
His remains rest in the Jordan Valley cemetery.
We don’t know much about his family or the man or how he died.
And there are no readily available answers to why he ended up buried in Jordan Valley.
We do know, though, one thing about Maher. In October 1869 during a fierce firefight with Apache Indians in Arizona, Maher’s actions earned him the nation’s highest award for heroism – the Medal of Honor.
The battle, which pitted elements of the 1st U.S. Cavalry Regiment against the renowned Apache war chief, Cochise, occurred in the Chiricahua Mountains in southern Arizona. The battle proved to be inconclusive but two cavalrymen were killed.
There isn’t much information on what . . .