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"The definitive account of the march and annihilation of Major Francis Dade's column of 108 men in December 1835. . . . Extensive knowledge of the soldiers, the Seminoles, and the terrain is woven into the text.  There does not exist a more vivid, but at the same time historically accurate account of a single action in U.S. military literature."

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From the Foreword:
"The definitive account of the march and annihilation of Major Francis Dade's column of 108 men in December 1835. . . . Extensive knowledge of the soldiers, the Seminoles, and the terrain is woven into the text.  There does not exist a more vivid, but at the same time historically accurate account of a single action in U.S. military literature."

"...a gripping account of the infamous Dade Massacre and probably the best book ever written about the Second Seminole War."--Matt Pearcy, The Journal of America's Military Past

Dade's Battle in December 1835 precipitated the Second Seminole War.  It was the first American war fought over the issue of slavery, Frank Laumer writes, and it occurred principally because of white determination to protect the institution.
     In their search for runaway slaves, white citizens of Georgia and Florida invaded Seminole land and met with resistance; the violent encounters that followed led to Dade's Battle.  As a result, Laumer says, the escape hatch was closed, Native Americans were removed from the land, and Florida was made "safe" for white expansion.
     Coupling thirty years of research with a passion to understand the fate of Major Dade's command and the motivations of the attacking Seminoles, Laumer has written a vivid account of a battle that changed Florida's history.  After walking Dade's route on the Fort King Road from Tampa to the battlefield north of the Withlacoochee River--wearing the complete woolen uniform of an enlisted man, carrying musket, canteen, pack, bayonet, and haversack--Laumer can describe not only the clothing and weapons of the soldiers but also the tension and fear they felt as they marched through Seminole territory.  He has also assessed the position of the Seminoles, sympathizing with the choices forced by their leaders.
     Laumer also describes the backgrounds of the soldiers who marched under Dade and the role of much-maligned black interpreter, Louis Pacheco, and he offers new insights on the mistakes made by the commanders who ordered the march.
     More than the account of a single military action, Dade's Last Command is the story of good and decent men "who died violent and terrible deaths to perpetuate a political and social evil."

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Denise Perry Donavin
Laumer's latest history on the annihilation of a column of soldiers led by Major Francis Dade across Florida in 1835 "supersedes "Massacre!" [his 1968 work] as the definitive account" because the author has tracked down previously unrecorded documents, letters, and period interviews. Also new to this narrative is Laumer's own experience walking the trail in full gear as part of a reenactment. Laumer's focus is on the slaughter of Dade and most of his company, more than 100 soldiers and 3 survivors. The soldiers were marching specifically to quell the rebellious Seminoles who were aiding escaped black slaves. The successful attack on Dade's company triggered a brutal clampdown on the Seminoles. It has been said that the war in Florida was "a slave-catching enterprise for the benefit of the citizens of Georgia and Florida." It is noteworthy that the Second Seminole War, precipitated by Dade's battle, was the first American war fought over the issue of slavery, and it resulted in the removal of the Seminoles from their land, leaving the country "safe" for white expansion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813013244
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 285
  • Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.16 (d)

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    Great

    Great account of Dade's operation and his ambush.

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