Yes, it has been very long since I posted. I have been working on a talk that I will give to the Marco Island Historical Society on Nov. 1st at 7pm. Earlier this month I was up in the state archives doing research. Here are some of the things that I found. The don't necessarily have anything to do with my talk, but I found them amusing. They are quotes from the army adjutant papers.
These aren't necessarily in any order.
Capt. John Casey "Suggestions" for the army in Big Cypress: "Even a roasted snake is as good as an eel." He also suggested that water could be found in air plants (bromeliads.) Yuck!
You have to be careful with names.
What we call the Turner River today was the Fakahatchee River back then. And it was explored by Capt. Turner.
What we call the Fakahatchee River and East River today was called the Wekiwa River back then.
What we call the Chatam River today, back then was called Thlathlo-Apopka which means Fisheating Creek.
20 Apr 1856 – Maj. Arnold reports constantly scouting in Big Cypress. "No Indians seen--four of their hogs discovered and killed. Weather warm. Flies and mosquitoes troublesome!
"On the 1st of May (1856) Maj. Arnold from the Big Cypress reports that on the 27th of April two express riders were fired on by Indians. Their horses became frightened, ran off with them and saved their lives.”
Dec. 1843. Gen. William J. Worth in St. Augustine to Col. Wm Belknap: "You say 7 of the Indians last in were Choctaws. Where the devil did they come from?"
March 1842, Maj. Belknap instructs that a Seminole boy to Tustenug-Chopko's band sent back to his camp, "dressed as handsomely as possible." The quartermaster responds, "I regret that the colors of his hunting shirt are not of a gayer description, but the cloth was the boy's own selection."