In their pleas for help, Florida's leaders emphasized the terror of the Black Seminoles, "better disciplined and more intelligent than [the Indians], to whom there is a daily accession of runaway Negroes from the plantations." Calls to the
southern states were calculated to strike a nerve. Lt. John Casey wrote a friend whose brother had died with Major Dade:
"We expect your Georgia volunteers ... and let them know that your brother and my best friend after fighting til the last ... was butchered by them Indian Negroes."
Mahon 136. ©
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