Dade's Last Command by Frank Laumer

By Frank Laumer

Dade's conflict in December 1835 caused the second one Seminole conflict. It was once the 1st American battle fought over the difficulty of slavery, Frank Laumer writes, and it happened largely due to white choice to guard the institution.

In their look for runaway slaves, white electorate of Georgia and Florida invaded Seminole land and met with resistance; the violent encounters that resulted in Dade's conflict. consequently, Laumer says, the break out hatch was once closed, local americans have been faraway from the land, and Florida was once made "safe" for white expansion.

Coupling thirty years of study with a fondness to appreciate the destiny of significant Dade's command and the motivations of the attacking Seminoles, Laumer has written a brilliant account of a conflict that modified Florida's heritage. After strolling Dade's direction at the citadel King highway from Tampa to the battlefield north of the Withlacoochee River--wearing the entire woolen uniform of an enlisted guy, sporting musket, canteen, pack, bayonet, and haversack--Laumer can describe not just the garments and guns of the warriors but in addition the strain and worry they felt as they marched via Seminole territory. He has additionally assessed the placement of the Seminoles, sympathizing with the alternatives compelled by way of their leaders.

Laumer additionally describes the backgrounds of the warriors who marched less than Dade and the function of much-maligned black interpreter, Louis Pacheco, and he bargains new insights at the errors made by means of the commanders who ordered the march.

More than the account of a unmarried army action, Dade's final Command is the tale of excellent and good males "who died violent and bad deaths to perpetuate a political and social evil."

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