Rebellion December 31, 1835     
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Detail from Seminoles attack on the block house
Detail from "Attack of the Seminoles on the block house." Hand-colored lithograph by Gray & James, from their 1837 series on the war. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-11463.
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When the regulars had all crossed, Osceola let loose a piercing cry and the Seminoles opened fire. Commanding a force of 250, Osceola stood out in the blue U.S. Army coat that he had stolen from Fort King. Lt. Sprague described the electrifying effect of his leadership:

"In Oseola, or Powell, was combined a nerve, activity, and intelligence, which seemed to diffuse itself among all classes."

His allied black and Indian warriors quickly killed four soldiers and wounded scores more. "General Clinch, a large target on horseback, lost no time in dismounting." As white men struggled to get back over the river, Clinch was forced to fight a defensive action.

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Sources: Sprague Origin 94, Boyd "Seminole War" 79, Smith Sketch 47. The quotation about Clinch is from Mahon 109.
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 Trail Narrative
 + Prologue
 + Background: 1693-1812
 + Early Years: 1812-1832
 - War: 1832-1838
+ Prelude to War
+ Revenge
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Key Actors
Slave Uprising
Army Response
National Mood
Seminole Success
+ Deceit
+ Liberty or Death
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion