Comanches continued to attack scattered groups of Black Seminole refugees
over the ensuing months. A group of 50 to 100 Black Seminoles who had started
with Jim Bowlegs eventually made it to Mexico. The rest were either killed, or
captured and sold into slavery. In a report from 1852, Captain Randolph B. Marcy
described meeting two mutilated Black Seminole girls who were the only survivors
of a maroon party that Comanches had put to death. A Delaware trader ransomed
the girls from the Comanches. He told Marcy that the Indians had scraped the
girls’ skins to see how deep the color went and “burned them with live coals to
ascertain whether fire produced the same sensations of pain as with their own
As Capt. Marcy noted in his report, the Comanches had strategic reasons for
attacking the black refugees. By the fall of 1850, Comanche bands had skirmished
with the Seminole allies stationed in Mexico. It was clear that the blacks and Indians
with Coacoochee were going to be enemies of the Comanches,
not allies in a pan-Indian confederation.
Mulroy 64, Foreman Five 265, Marcy 55.