John Horse did not last long as a servant, but he did pass the entire winter in D.C. He sought to recover a thousand dollars in back pay for his services in Florida, plus compensation for 90 head of cattle he had lost in the war. Above all, however, he tried to press on General Jesup the desperation of the Black Seminoles. The government had promised his people freedom, yet slavers threatened them daily. The blacks needed a secure homeland. To find one, he told Jesup, they were willing to relocate just about anywhere
-- Arkansas, Florida, even Africa.
Sources: Porter Black 116-17, Littlefield Seminoles 106-7, 121.
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