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Rebellion March - April 1836     
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Indians Attack the Block House
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"Attack of the Seminoles on the block house." This hand-colored lithograph from the Gray & James series depicts one of  the Seminoles' prolonged sieges of U.S. forces -- unusual for Indian warfare -- in April of 1836. Published in 1837. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-11463.
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Army Response

Over the Spring, Scott moved large forces in a cumbersome strategy. His soldiers consumed rations and cleared roads, but they never seemed to attack. Meanwhile, the Seminoles perfected guerilla warfare, inflicting a series of humiliations. In March, the allies pinned down a thousand soldiers for eight days on the Withlacoochee, nearly annihilating a command even larger than Major Dade's. A supply garrison suffered the same fate in April, when Seminoles laid siege to their blockhouse for two months.

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Sources: Hitchcock 86-91, Smith Sketch 243-47, Cohen 195-6.
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