Whatever the reason, the allies fled south. On July 6 they emerged from the wilderness at present-day Las Moras Springs. Ragged, exhausted, and half-starved, they met up with a party of soldiers under Major John T. Sprague, their former enemy from Florida
and author of the first scholarly history of the Second Seminole War. The major fed the allies and shared liquor with the chiefs. He then issued Coacoochee a pass to proceed to Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass where, as fate would have it, the refugees met another writer.
Sources: Sumpter 4, 11-12ff, Sprague "Journal" cited in Porter Black 130, Montgomery 73-77.
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