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Rebellion 1836     
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Secretary of War, Lewis Cass
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Lewis Cass. Engraving by T.B. Welch from a drawing by J.B. Longacre, circa 1833. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-111474.
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Despite the dangers of concentrating his forces, Secretary of War Lewis Cass sent his two leading generals to Florida, Winfield Scott and Edmund Gaines, and he deployed a combined force of 6,000 men by the close of the year, 9,000 by the end of 1837. Cass and Jackson had both neglected the Florida situation in 1835, hardly believing that the Seminoles could pose a threat. Now, they demanded swift action.

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Sources: Mahon 136-148, 225, Twyman 121.
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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"Massacre"
Withlacoochee
Key Actors
Florida
Slave Uprising
Army Response
National Mood
Distractions
Seminole Success
+ Deceit
+ Liberty or Death
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion