The Black Seminoles rode under El Capitán Juan Caballo (Captain John Horse),
the Seminole Indians under El Coronel Gato del Monte (Colonel Wild Cat). “The
maroons dressed like the Seminoles in brightly colored turbans, shirts, and
leggings, and wore bracelets and bangles,” writes Mulroy. “They were armed
heavily and rode in their own companies as during the Seminole Wars.”
As an incentive, the Mexican government instituted a bounty of $200 for the
scalps of the hostiles, with higher rewards for live warriors and lesser amounts
for women and children. The Seminole allies quickly proved their worth. Between
January and May of 1852, they presented 74 Comanche scalps and prisoners to the
Mexican government, receiving $18,000 in payment.
Mulroy 68, 73, Reports of the Committee 325.