At almost the same time, 100 miles away, a large band of warriors prepared for the third and most dramatic phase of attack.
Five days earlier, 108 US soldiers had left Fort Brooke under the command of Major Francis L. Dade.
Striking out for Fort King, the soldiers marched along the only road, a sandy track through pinewoods and savannah. A local slave, Louis Pacheco, served as their guide. To the end of his life, Pacheco denied complicity in the events that followed.
Laumer Massacre and Dade, Mahon 104-6, Wright Creeks 256, Porter "Louis Pacheco." Laumer's two books are the most comprehensive source for the incidents covered in the next five
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