It seems that no matter how hard we try, we can never
get away from war. We can trace it all the way back to the
first explorers. After the first explorers came the settlers
who were greedy for land and power. Since they wanted both
violence erupted not only between the settlers but also
between the settlers and the Indians. One such war is the
Second Seminole War. I will tell you what other writers and
myself believe to be the reasons for going to war and first
battles fought and the result of them.
George C. Bittle wrote the article 'First Campaign of
the Second Seminole War'. Bittle writes that the war began
because of 'white efforts to secure Negroes held by the
Seminoles'. And that Major General Gaines thought that the
'conflict was an example of border warfare'. Also other
military men had their own opinions on how the war started.
Such as Colonel Sprague states that 'contemporary authority
on the Seminole War, believed that the cause rested in the
three United States Treaties, each of which was designed to
remove the red men from the advancing white frontier'.
(Bittle p. 39). He later goes on to write about believing
that the cause goes back even farther to the shooting of
Wiley Thompson, who was an Indian agent for the Seminole at
the time. And also the attack on General Dade and his force
which put the Florida Militia on the alert.
Edward Coker and Daniel Schafer did an article on
letters from a soldier to his wife. The letters come from a
man who saw the war from a supply depot in Florida. The man
writes home to his wife telling her of the trip and the
details of the country side rather than...