June 21, 1856
LATEST INDIAN NEWS FROM FLORIDA
Provision Train Attacked--Two Men and a
Little Boy Killed--One Man Wounded
OCALA, FLA, Friday, May 23, 1856
By the arrival of Mr A N Pacetty, Expressman, from Tampa, yesterday evening, we learn that a train carrying provisions to the State volunteers, on Peas Creek, was attacked by ten or fifteen Indians on Saturday last, within twelve miles of Tampa, a place known as Simmons' Hammock. The party had just halted at a branch to drink, and as some of them were discounting a little boy who was running a horse attached to one of the wagons, saw an Indian behind a tree, and he cried out "Father, and there's an Indian!" pointing to the spot where he saw him. No sooner had the boy spoken than the Indian fired, and he fell from the horse dead. The father caught up the dead body of his son and placed it in a wagon, when another volley was fired by the Indians, and he and another man were killed.
At the first fire, a negro belonging to the train, started for an encampment where a detachment from Capt Sparkman's Company were stationed, only two miles distant. Two men now only remained, and one of them wounded in the hip. They fired three times and the fled. The Indians, aware of the direction taken by the negro, also fled, leaving the team, wagons, &c, unhurt.
The persons killed were Mr Roach, Mr. Stabling and his son. Mr. Hinson was wounded in the hip. Mr. Hatfield and the negro man escaped hurt.
The attack was made at 12 o'clock noon.