Co-Wock-Coo-Chee, or Wild Cat. A Seminole Chief, (painting)
Stanley, John Mix
Co Wock Coo Chee
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 1
And one of the most celebrated of his tribe, possessed of much vanity and an indomitable spirit, he has won for himself an exalted name and standing among his people. At the outbreak of the Florida War he was a mere boy, but he shouldered a rifle and fought with so much courage and desperation, that he was soon looked up to as a master spirit, which gathered a band of warriors about him, who adopted him their chief leader. At the head of this party he became a formidable enemy of the United States troops, and gave them much trouble during that campaign, and probably would never have fallen into the hands of the whites, had he been able to procure food and ammunition for his band; being reduced to a state of starvation, he was obliged to surrender, and by treaty stipulations with the United States Government, he was with his people removed west of the Mississippi. The Seminoles originally belonged to the Creek family, but owing to some internal dissensions, they left them and formed a separate and independent band. The Creeks gave them the appellation of Seminoles, which signifies runaways. . . . [P. 5.]
Catalogue of Pictures, in Stanley and Dickerman's North American Indian Portrait Gallery; J.M. Stanley, Artist. Cincinnati: Printed at the "Daily Enquirer Office." 1846.