Humor is cast aside in this straightforward, brutal, and
historically exaggerated depiction of Taylor's ill-fated
attempt to use bloodhounds against the Seminoles. Wounded dogs and
Indians litter the battle ground, with a Seminole village
burning in the background. Taylor presides over the scene on horseback
while urging on his men:
"Hurra! Captain, we've got them at last, the dogs are at them--now forward with the Rifle and Bayonet and
'give them Hell Brave Boys', let not a red nigger escape--, show no
mercy--, exterminate them, --this day we'll close the Florida War, and write its history in the blood of the Seminole--but remember
Captn., as I have written to our Government to say that the dogs are intended to ferret out the Indians, (not to worry them) for the sake of consistency and the appearance of Humanity, you will appear not to notice the devastation they commit."
Lithograph signed with initials "W. J. C.," attributed to Henry R. Robinson, published by Robinson in 1848.
See the Library of Congress for a complete transcription of
the dialogue accompanying this lithograph.
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