Rebellion February 22, 1836     
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Major Hitchcock viewing the scene of Dade's Massacre
"Massacre of Major Dade and his Command," engraving depicting Hitchcock's discovery of the Dade battleground, published in 1847 in Barber's Incidents in American History.
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Jackson wasn't the only American growing tired of the war. Major Ethan Allen Hitchcock was among those who found the remains of the Dade party in February. In his journal he wrote a haunting account of the discovery, then vented his bitter discontent with the conflict:

"The government is in the wrong, and this is the chief cause of the persevering opposition of the Indians, who have nobly defended their country against our attempt to enforce a fraudulent treaty. The natives used every means to avoid a war, but were forced into it by the tyranny of our government."

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Sources: Hitchcock 76, 89-92, 121.
Part 2, War: Outline  l  Images
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Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Philosopher-Soldier

Hitchcock's description of the battle scene