Rebellion March 12, 1837     
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Horse, from an engraving of the war
Detail of a horse, from an 1837 hand-colored lithograph depicting events in the war, "Soldiers in camp, Picolata, Florida," published by Gray & James. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-16928.
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Major Childs describes the return of a pony to Abraham's son

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War is often described as a brutalizing experience, but its humanizing effects can be heard in Major Childs' letters to his family, including this letter to his son, describing how Abraham recovered a pony that his own son had lost. The letter is dated March 12, 1837.

"My Dear Boy:

   "A great big negro, named Abraham, called to see me, the day before yesterday. He has been the terror of the white people, for the last year; no action was complete unless Abraham was reported to be in it, with his big gun. He brought with him his son, a little boy about six years of age; and a beautiful boy he is. He had hardly ever seen a white person before. They slept in a tent, next to mine. We have to treat them with great consideration, for fear they will not come in. The little boy had a beautiful pony, which his father gave him; such a one as I should like to bring you. It was captured, with a great many others, when we were at To-ho-pe-ka-li-ka. One of the officers stationed here, had it. When the little black boy saw it, he began to cry; his father told the officer what he was crying for, so the officer gave him up the pony. He was very much pleased; took the bridle; ran and caught it; and rode off."

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Sources: Childs 3: 282.
Part 2, War: Outline  l  Images
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 Trail Narrative
 + Prologue
 + Background: 1693-1812
 + Early Years: 1812-1832
 - War: 1832-1838
+ Prelude to War
+ Revenge
+ Deceit
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Jesup's Tactics
The Diplomat
White Flags
+ Liberty or Death
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion

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