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Silas Casey to his father, Wanton Casey; He writes from Fort No. 15 E. Fla.; re: destroyed 4 Indian camps; Methodist minister is killed near Micanopy; congress needs to get involved in war to succeed. Includes, "We took and destroyed 4 Indian Camps, but succeeded in capturing but one Indian..I have just heard of their taking a train of 6 waggons in the neighborhood of the Suwannee. Killing all the mules and burning the waggons, wounding one man. In the neighborhood of Micanopy they came upon a Methodist minister who was riding the road in company of two men. The men succedded in escaping but they cought the minister and cut his throat. The only way effectively to finish the war is to send into the country 30,000 men...We anxiously hope that something may be done by Congress this session to releave the hurt at least of the regular troops now in Florida and give them a chance to recover. It appears that they intend to keep us here untill we are all dead. It is time something was done about this war. Either to give up the country or send a sufficient force to finish it at once."