Rebellion May 19, 1876     
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Sargent Hotel, Brackettville
Sargent hotel in Brackettville. The hotel was a stage stop and central spot for the lively regional night life. See an enlarged view at the Battle for Nueces Strip section of the Texas Beyond History Web site, the source of this image.
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Tensions broke into violence on May 19 in one of the closest scrapes of John Horse’s long and perilous life. Riding from a local saloon near the end of the day, John Horse and scout Titus Payne were crossing near the Fort Clark cemetery when shots rang out. Titus Payne fell dead. John Horse was hit four times. His horse, American, was badly wounded. But somehow both horse and rider escaped, riding to safety in the Seminole camp. It was at least the fourth failed assassination attempt on John Horse.

The would-be assassins were never caught, but suspicion fell quickly on the outlaw John “King” Fisher, a notorious borderland gang leader who had fought with Black Seminoles in the past. The assassination was perceived as a clear attempt to push the maroons from their land around the fort.

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Sources: Mulroy 148-149, Porter Black 196. ©
Part 4, Freedom: Outline  l Images
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 Trail Narrative
 + Prologue
 + Background: 1693-1812
 + Early Years: 1812-1832
 + War: 1832-1838
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 - Freedom: 1850-1882
+ Cost of Freedom
+ Liberty Foretold
+ Liberty Found
Los Mascogos
Fort Clark
 + Legacy & Conclusion