Rebellion January 1836     
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William Tecumseh Sherman
By the time he reached Florida, William Tecumseh Sherman was neither a motley regular nor a romantic volunteer, but a graduate fresh from West Point. Sherman was one of scores of young officers who first saw duty during the Second Seminole War. New York Historical Society, 34929-C-2.
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The volunteer ranks were another matter. Especially at the outset, the volunteers were mainly romantic young men who descended on Florida with illusions of glory. After Dade's massacre, they rushed to defend the white citizens of the frontier from savage Indians and Negroes. As John Mahon, author of the definitive history on the war, has pointed out, they also rushed numerous memoirs into print celebrating their valorous deeds. In the exuberant words of one memoirist,

"Never did Rome or Greece in days of yore -- nor France, nor England in modern times -- pour forth a nobler soldiery than the Volunteers from Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and South Carolina."

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Sources: Mahon 119, 136, Smith Sketch 114-5.
Part 2, War: Outline  l  Images
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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