Congress was ready to help, but in 1835, the U.S. military was surprisingly unprepared to meet the
allied Seminole force. Americans had always been wary of maintaining a standing army. As a result, despite a national population of 15 million, the Army numbered less than 12,000 regulars -- a small fraction of the population even by the standards of the time. And these men were spread thin across the republic.
Sprague Origin 94, Mahon 116. ©
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