Rebellion December 20, 1837     
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Detail from an engraving of the Battle of Lake Okeechobee
Detail from "Battle of Okee-Chobee Lake, Florida," an engraving from Barber's Incidents in American History (1847).
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On December 20, Col. Taylor and his men left Fort Gardner and plunged into the swamps in pursuit of the enemy. Among the ranks were men whom John Horse had known since childhood -- soldiers of the Fourth U.S. Infantry, the same unit that was stationed at Tampa Bay in 1826 when "Gopher John" played his tortoise scheme on Lt. George Brooke. 

180 Missouri volunteers and 70 Delaware Indian mercenaries rounded out the U.S. force of 1,000.

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Sources: Porter Black 88, Mahon 226-27.
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
+ Deceit
+ Liberty or Death
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Noble Savages
Liberty or Death
Osceola's Death
Star of the Nation
Jesup's Proclamation
The Decision
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion