Rebellion February 2, 1837     
spacerHomespacer spacerOverviewspacer spacerTrail Narrativespacer spacerHighlightsspacer spacerMapsspacer spacerResourcesspacer spacerImagesspacer spacer
Abraham, leader of the Black Seminoles at the outset of the war. From Orr's engraving, published in 1848 in The Origin, Progress, and Conclusion of the Florida War by John T. Sprague.
View an image enlargement
Previous slide Next slide
The Diplomat slide ticker

Abraham agreed to meet Jesup at Fort Dade, a depot erected near the site of the Seminoles' greatest military victory, which had taken place just fourteen months earlier. Major Thomas Childs described the scene in a letter to his wife:

"Monday was a day of great anxiety with us, for fear Abraham would not come in; but, about three o'clock, our apprehensions were dispelled by his black majesty walking into camp, with a white flag, which, with great grace and dignity, he stuck into the ground before the General's tent."

Abraham appeared calm, but he later admitted that he was scared to death. He had been up all of the night before smoking some tobacco that Jesup had sent him as a gift. He passed the entire evening wondering if the general meant to kill him. It did not allay his fears in the morning when, as he walked to the general's tent, he overheard a soldier ask, "Is that the negro they are going to hang?"

Previous slidespacerspacer

Sources: Childs 2: 374, 3: 283, A&NC 4: 378.
Part 2, War: Outline  l  Images
spacer spacer
 Trail Narrative
 + Prologue
 + Background: 1693-1812
 + Early Years: 1812-1832
 - War: 1832-1838
+ Prelude to War
+ Revenge
+ Deceit
spacer spacer General Jesup
Jesup's Tactics
The Diplomat
White Flags
+ Liberty or Death
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion