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Government report on The Date Massacre-Story of the Massacre by Indians of Detachments of the First and Second Regiments of Artifllery and Fourth Regiment of Infantry, United States Army, Under the Command of Major Francis L. Dade, on December 28, 1835.
Written by Frederick Cubberly, From the Senate, 67th Congress, 1st Session, Document No. 33. Washington Government Printing Office, 1921.
In February 1835, President Andrew Jackson issued the following message to the chiefs and warriors of the Seminole Indians in Florida, "You know me, and you know I would not deceive or advise you to do anything that was unjust or injurious...I tell you that you must go and you will go..You have sold all your country. You have not a place as large as a blanket to sit down upon."
Paraphrased from the booklet, "The Detachment left Fort Brook, Tampa Bay, for Fort King, Florida, on the 23rd of December 1835. The force was small (107 men) and they carried only one piece of artillery. The road abounded with thickets and places of concealment. The Indians (numbering more than 1400 warriors) had declared they would allow no armed body to pass through their Country. This small detachment departed on their mission in obedience to orders issued by those who knew not so well the strength and disposition of the enemy".
|Title||The Dade Massacre|