Rebellion December 28, 1835     
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Pine thicket at the scene of Dade's Massacre
A pine thicket on the Dade Battlefield near the Fort King road, outside present-day Bushnell, Florida. Photo by Irving Peithmann circa 1950. Florida Photographic Collection.
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On the morning of the 28th, the soldiers entered a pine thicket below Wahoo Swamp, near the present-day town of Bushnell. Major Dade rode at the head of the group with the slave Pacheco at his side. There were no flankers. The soldiers had so little concern for the enemy, they buttoned their overcoats over their cartridge boxes to guard against a chill.

A gray horse appeared on the path up ahead. Was it a sign?

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Sources: Laumer Dade 177-79.
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
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Key Actors
Slave Uprising
Army Response
National Mood
Seminole Success
+ Deceit
+ Liberty or Death
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion