Picolata was the starting point for the war for many volunteers from the north, who decamped there before heading off to points in the interior. General Scott met the South Carolina volunteers at Picolata toward the end of February 1836.
The image presents the calm, sunny aspect of a well-organized camp. The soldiers appear relaxed yet eager for battle. Both the well-heeled lady at the right of the image and the father and child in the top background capture a sense of gentility and calm, in keeping with the noble image of war that the volunteers reportedly brought to Florida.
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