From his new home in Indian Territory John twice journeyed to Washington, D.C. to plead his people’s case to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Years later John claimed he and Gen. Jesup met with Pres. Polk to discuss the plight of the Seminole. In late 1849, oppressed and hunted after their freedom was withdrawn by the federal government, two groups of Seminoles and blacks, led by Horse and Coacooche, slipped out of Indian Territory into Texas, enroute to freedom in Mexico. The band rested briefly here at Las Moras spring in early July 1850. In time, John settled his group at Nacimiento on land made available by the Mexican government.
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18148.)
Location. 29° 18.001′ N, 100° 25.15′ W. Marker is near Brackettville, Texas, in Kinney County. Marker is at the intersection of Travis Road and Cam Hacinda, on the left when traveling east on Travis Road. Touch for map. The marker is located on Fort Clark Springs and is accessible to the public. The marker is in the grove of oak trees just beyond the end of the cemetery wall. Marker is in this post office area: Brackettville TX 78832, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Original Post Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); 1873 Infantry Barracks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Palisado Building Kitchen / Mess Room Fort Clark Guardhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Clark Post Theater (approx. 0.4 miles away); Commanding Officer's Quarters (was approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); New Cavalry Barracks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Juan A. Avila 1921-2008 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brackettville.
Regarding John Horse. When the Seminole camp near Fort Duncan was abandoned, John moved to the Scout camp on Las Moras Creek at Fort Clark where he settled into the well earned role of revered and wise patriarch. Now in his late sixties, John passed his time frequenting the soldier saloons in Brackettville where he may have enjoyed a semi-celebrity status. Late on Friday afternoon May 19, 1876, John, on his white horse American, was returning from one of his visits to a Brackettville saloon to the Seminole Camp with former scout Titus Payne on foot alongside him. The two passed the post hospital and turned east towards Las Moras Creek and John’s home. As they came parallel with the stone wall of the post cemetery a volley of shots was fired at them from ambush. Titus Payne fell dead. John was shot four times and his horse wounded in the neck. Severely wounded, John slumped in his saddle but managed to escape. The attack took place within earshot of the post garrison but there is no Army record of the incident. It was known a small segment of the civilian population of Brackettville held very ill-feelings towards the Seminoles. No one was ever held responsible for the murder of Titus Payne or the attempted murder of John Horse.
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