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Silas Casey to his wife Abby; He writes from a camp near Fort King with a great description of Indian women and children and how they behaved when attacked. Includes, "We have had a very arduous scout to the Wahoo Swamp, Boggy hammock, the Chocach otter Savannah, the Annatheliga hammock. We destroyed about 90 acres of Corn, Peas, Pumpkins, etc. We killed two men and one woman, took one man and woman and four children prisoners. The woman was killed by the volunteer, they say accidentally. She had a baby and two little girls 7 or 8 years of age. They were perfectly naked, One of them quite pretty. I was much pleased with the manner in which they took care of their little brother at night. They would put some leaves under his head. Then cover him with the only garment they had and lay one on one side and the other on his other side. I saw the little fellow sucklling his dead mother from whom he was taken. I never was so shocked in my life, and never wish to witness another such scene. We encamped all night two miles from where we killed the Indians. During the night one of our Indian Prisoners made his escape. He was fired upon, the sentinel or guard, and in the firing Capt. Marion of the Volunteer Company was shot through the breast and killed dead...The woman who we took prisoner was almost entirely naked. Only an old piece of tent around her waist. She says the women are tired of war and want to come in but their husbands say if they undertake it they will knock them in the head. She says she told her husband the other day that they had better go in and he bear her, took his rifle and left...It is almost unaccountable with what obstinarity they hold out."