Rebellion January 31 - February 2, 1838     
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Osceola's grave site
Osceola's grave site at Fort Moultrie, Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1900. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-D4-5800.
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After his treacherous capture, Osceola's death only added to his legend. Across the country, Americans mourned his passing. The Niles National Register included a memorable eulogy:

"[T]here is something in his character not unworthy of the respect of the world. From a vagabond child he became the master spirit of a long and desperate war .... Bold and decisive in action, deadly but consistent in hatred .... Such was Osceola ...." [more]

For a nation with deep ambivalence toward Indian Removal, Osceola became a symbol of the noble savage fighting for his land. Briefly, a genuine Osceola fad seized the country. Before running its course, twenty-two towns, two lakes, two mountains, a state park and a national forest would bear the chief's name.

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Sources: Walton 170, Mahon 218.
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


Eulogy to Osceola from the Niles National Register

Thomas Storrow's beautiful 1844 eulogy to Osceola