Rebellion January 30, 1838     
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Osceola's death mask
Osceola's Death Mask. The cast was taken the day after Osceola's death at the insistence of the attending white physician, Dr. Frederick Weedon. And Weedon did not stop there. Within 24 hours of Osceola's death, the doctor had absconded with the dead man's head. For a detailed account see Wickman 145-53. New York Historical Society, 1946.362.
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The Seminole allies survived, but sad news soon reached them. After the escape from Fort Marion, the Army had moved Osceola to Fort Moultrie, South Carolina. There, his health rapidly deteriorated. On January 30th, sensing that the end was near, the chief asked his favorite wives to attire him in full war dress -- moccasins, belt, bullet pouch, knives, three ostrich plumes, a turban, and silver spurs. That evening he died in his cell, attended by his family and curious officers. The causes of death were listed as malaria and quinsy.

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Sources: Wickman 95-103, Walton 169.
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