Captivity began a curious time for the Indians. As prisoners, they enjoyed a vogue that seemed inversely proportional to the horror they had instilled as enemies. Local dignitaries invited Coacoochee to a ball. Osceola received distinguished guests. White doctors tried to attend to his illness (though he preferred medicine men), and about this time, the Army commissioned George Catlin to paint the Seminoles. Catlin's vivid works memorialized the humanity and defiance of the defeated chiefs.*
Motte 134, ff 282-83, Forry 88-89, Jarvis Notes 5, Wickman 15.
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*Catlin and other painters met the Seminoles two months later, in January 1838 in Charleston, South Carolina, as discussed in subsequent slides.