After burning Pilklakaha, a portion of the South Carolina volunteers were stationed at Fort Barnwell at Volusia, on the St. Johns river. While this illustration again depicts a tranquil scene, the South Carolina volunteers did see action near the fort, when a band of Seminoles attacked a burial party outside the pickets on April 14, 1836. The engagement was
ignominous for the Americans, leading to the court martial (later overturned) of Colonel William Gates,
who was accused of leaving two dead men outside the pickets.
One would hardly suspect from this image -- or from the entire series so far,
for that matter -- that the Florida war consisted of anything more than relaxing sorties,
pro forma drills, and
the occasional burning of an enemy town.
(1 of 6 images in this series)