From his intelligence sources, Jesup estimated between 480 and 800 "Indian and negro warriors --
the latter, perhaps, the more numerous." The general took immediate aim at the blacks, reasoning (as he would later say) that splitting them from the Indians would "weaken [the Indians] more than the loss of the same number of their own people." It was a basic policy of divide-and-rule, which the general would follow in various forms for the next eighteen months.
ASPMA 7: 820-21, Rivers 203, Porter Black 9. ©
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