Rebellion February 11, 1838     
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Senior officers of the Second Seminole War
Selection of senior officers of the Second Seminole War, with their highest rank obtained during the conflict, clockwise from top left: Col. William Gates, Capt. George McCall, Lt. Col. David Twiggs, Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor, Lt. William Tecumseh Sherman, Maj. William Belknap. Images created between 1820 and 1862, from the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. 
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The war had never been popular with officers. In February, Jesup's senior staff recommended that he end the conflict with a truce, granting the Seminole Indians a reservation in southern Florida. Jesup agreed. Directly, he sent a remarkable letter to Secretary of War Joel Poinsett suggesting an end to hostilities:

"As a soldier it is my duty, I am aware, not to comment upon the policy of the government, but to carry it out . I have endeavored faithfully to do so; but the prospect of terminating the war, in any reasonable time is anything but flattering. My decided opinion is, that unless immediate emigration be abandoned, the war will continue for years to come, and at constantly accumulating expense." [more]

Within days he sent a second letter, elaborating his position more bluntly:

"To persevere in the course we have been pursuing for three years past would be a reckless waste of blood and treasure...."

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Sources: Sprague Origin 198-201, Kieffer 205.
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
+ Deceit
+ Liberty or Death
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Noble Savages
Liberty or Death
Osceola's Death
Star of the Nation
Jesup's Proclamation
The Decision
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion


Jesup's first letter recommending a concession to the Seminoles