The treaty began a dark period for the Black Seminoles and their leader. The
pro-Creek, pro-slavery faction considered John Horse's activities in Washington
to be meddling in tribal affairs. Within days of his return, a Seminole Indian
attacked the black leader. He was riding home one day when the assailant chased
after him on horseback with a loaded rifle. The Indian shot John Horse's mount
out from under him and then came after him with a knife. Fortunately, a group of
Seminole women whom John Horse had helped in the past were standing nearby. They
wrestled the assailant to the ground while John Horse wriggled free from
underneath his horse.
Sources: Foreman Five 228, 258, Porter Black 114, Littlefield Seminoles 88-89.
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