The Chickasaws' Surprise Night Attack: A Decisive Defeat

Richard Green

Tribal Historian Richard Green tells the remarkable story of how, on the eve of de Soto’s departure (after a confrontation over his untenable demands) the Chickasaws famously attacked. Also remarkable is that only one Chickasaw was lost in this David-and-Goliath-like battle.

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Richard Green notes historians don’t agree on the number of de Soto’s camp who were killed – from a dozen to many more.