When the regulars had all crossed, Osceola let loose a piercing cry and the Seminoles opened fire. Commanding a force of 250, Osceola stood out in
the blue U.S. Army coat
that he had stolen from Fort King. Lt. Sprague described the electrifying effect of
"In Oseola, or Powell, was combined a nerve, activity, and intelligence, which seemed to diffuse itself among all classes."
His allied black and Indian warriors quickly killed four soldiers and wounded scores more. "General Clinch, a large target on horseback, lost no time in dismounting." As white men struggled to get back over the river, Clinch was forced to fight a defensive action.
Sprague Origin 94, Boyd "Seminole War" 79, Smith Sketch 47. The quotation about Clinch is from Mahon 109.
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