John Horse and John Kibbetts traveled to San Antonio in
December 1873 to petition General C.C. Augur, military
commander of the Department of Texas, to help them secure
land. John Horse said he would relocate to Oklahoma or back
to Florida. It was almost a throwback to the 1840s when John
Horse told General Jesup he would move to Florida, Mexico,
or even Africa, any place his people could find a safe home.
Augur had authorized the Remolino raid in which the scouts
played such an important role. He wrote the Adjutant General
advocating the Black Seminole case for land and their
request that Mexicans who had intermarried with the
community be allowed to enlist as scouts. The War Department
took no action on either item. As a result, some members of
the community returned to Mexico to maintain their land at
Sources: Mulroy 139-140, Porter Black 186.
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