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Government Imprint, 12pp., titled “Message from the President of the United States, transmitting a report from Major General Jesup of his operations whilst commanding the army in Florida, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 6th instant. July 7, 1838.-Laid on the table, and ordered to be printed. W Ash INgtoN, July 7, 1838. ... “ The Jesup report is 10 pages and exceptional detail of the Florida Territory. In small part, “The enemy have acknowledged a loss of fourteen killed. During the whole of Gen. Taylor's operations, he has taken and secured four hundred and eighty-four Indians and negroes. .... He had several skirinishes with the enemy, and the result of his operations, so far as they have been reported to ine, are six Indians killed, and fourteen prisoners. Colonel Snodgrass, with a battalion of Alabama volunteers, was ordered to scour the swamps and hair, mocks between Black creek and the Ock lawaha, and drive out, capture, or destroy, any Indians in that section of country, and then to operate between the St. John and Ockla waha. He performed the duty assigned to him north of the latter river; then crossed to the east of the St. John at Picolata: passed around Dunn's lake; and, recrossing at Volusia, took a position at the Four Lakes, about twenty miles west of that post. His operations covered the country between the St. John and the Ocklawaha, and west of the latter to Fort King and around Orange lake, and through the swamps about Orange lake creek. He destroyed several Indian villages, and, though often on the trails of small bodies of Indians, he succeeded in taking but one prisoner. ... The result of General Hernandez's operations was two Indians killed, and two hundred and ninety-seven Indians and negroes taken. ... That chief sent ine word that he was ready to fulfil the arrangement made at Fort Dade, and he had no doubt of inducing the chiefs and the greater part of his people to surrender. ...” General Thomas Sidney Jesup commanded military operations against the Seminoles in Florida during the early stages of the conflict now known as the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). The Second Seminole War was the longest and costliest Indian War in United States history.
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Jesup Reports to the President on the 2nd Seminole War

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