With his peace plan suddenly in ruins, Jesup fell into a violent depression. "I have the honor to report," he sarcastically wrote to a colleague, "that this campaign
... has entirely failed." He blamed especially the Black Seminoles:
"All is lost, and principally ... by the influence of the Negroes."
Jesup's mood turned dark. He sought relief from command. In desperation he contemplated extreme actions -- hanging all captives, sending bloodhounds against the enemy, even pursuing a war of extermination.
ASPMA 7: 811, 838-39, 872, Giddings Exiles 155, Mahon 204. ©
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