The South Carolina dragoons under Eustis would have explored the Withlacoochee in late March or early April. The collapsed bridge at the right was
quite possibly the temporary structure
that General Duncan Clinch erected during the first battle on the Withlacoochee
(December 31, 1835) when he was forced to retreat.
Once again, the illustration depicts calm, even genteel soldiers on the verge of action -- before the storm. The whole scene, from the casually conversing men in the left background to the overwhelming subtropical foliage,
illustrates General Jesup's contention that in Florida, "The difficulty is not to fight the enemy, but to find him."
(1 of 6 images in this series)