--We have recently been put in possession of some facts with regard to this Indian--the principal chief of the Seminole
nation — which cannot be otherwise than interesting to our readers.
He is, at present, a colonel in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States
, and commands a regiment of Indians
, composed principally of Seminoles.
Considerably over six feet in height, as straight as an arrow, and as graceful and light-footed as the deer which feed upon the prairies of his western home, he looks every inch the soldier and the chief.
He is, withal, as gentle as a woman, as brave as the bravest, able in council, influential with his people, a pure patriot, and thoroughly devoted to the cause of the South
His name should become a household word with the citizens of the Confederate States
Having seen a copy of his "talk" to Colonel S. S. Scott
, commissioner of Indian affairs, at Fort Washita
, 9th October last, we give an extract.
It will be found scarcely less eloquent in its simplicity and true feeling than the celebrated speech of Logan
"Permit me to express to you the gratification we feel because of your visit.
We thank you for the very friendly and satisfactory address this morning.--We are strengthened and encouraged.
We will remember your words when you are far away.
We will profit by them.
"In the fall of 1862, I first met you at Port Arbucle.
You asked me if I had any request to make of the President
of the Confederate States
I told you I had none.
We were then by our firesides, living in comparative quiet.
But war came to our country and drove us from our pleasant homes.
We are now wanderers and strangers; yet the Confederate States
have not deserted us.--We have been provided for; our women and children are fed; our soldiers get all they should expect.
"The Government is engaged in a great war. She cannot do any more for us than she is doing.
Perhaps, when the war is over, we shall be perfectly satisfied with her bounty.
All claims will be adjusted.
In view of these things, I again say to you, I have no request to make of the President
He will, without asking, do all for us that we should expect.
I wish you, however, to assure the President
that the Seminoles are yet true and loyal.
Their treaty stipulations are sacred; the destiny of your Government shall be ours.
If she fails, we will go with her; if she triumphs, no rejoicing will be more sincere than ours."-- Macon Confederate.