The Second Seminole War
the Treaty of Payne's Landing in 1832, the Seminole Indians were supposed to
move their people west of the Mississippi River within 36 months. By 1834, only
3,824 Seminole's had made the move with the greater majority, led by their
chief Osceola, refusing to leave their land. On December 28, 1835 Osceola
murdered Wiley Thompson, an Indian Agent. On that same day, Major Francis
Langhorne Dade and his detachment of U.S. soldiers were ambushed by 300
Seminole warriors on their march from Fort Brooke to Fort King. These incidents
would begin the Second Seminole War. The Seminoles soon retreated into the
Everglades and began waging a war of attrition, using guerilla tactics against
their U.S. adversaries and would fight on desperately for more that seven
 Barr, James. A Correct and Authentic Narrative of the Indian War in Florida. New York : J. Narine
This book gives accounts from Ransom Clark, one of the two surviving soldiers after the battle. This narrative gives accounts of his involvement during Dade's massacre in which his detachment fought against the Indian forces in Florida.
 Clarke, Ransom. The Surprising Narrative of Ransom Clarke. Binghampton, N.Y. :
Being one of two men to survive the attack on their detachment, Clarke was able to write about his experiences first hand; giving the reader a personal account of what went on during the surprise attack.
 Secretary of War. Treaty with the Florida Indians. House Document No. 74, 19th Congress, 1st Session. 1826.
This document is in relation to the instructions given to the commissioners on how they should negotiate with the Florida Indians. Ultimately to coerce them into agreeing to move onto reservations out west so as to acquire the land they currently occupy.
 Laumer, Frank. Dade's Last Command. Gainsville, FL : University of Florida Press, 1995.
Laumer's latest book is over the destruction of Major Francis Dade's detatchment of troops in 1835. This work is more complete than his previous effort in Massacre! since the author has uncovered previously unrecorded documents, letters and period interviews.
 Mahon, John K. History of the Second Seminole War. Gainsville, FL : University of Florida Press, 1967.
This book gives a very comprehensive overview of the wars that took place in Florida. He details the origins of the Seminoles as well as the events that were the First, Second and Third Seminole Wars.
 Laumer, Frank. Massacre! Gainsville, FL : University of Florida Press, 1968.
This book was Laumer's first attempt at discussing the events that led to the defeat of Major Dade and his command. He divides his book into each of the days spent on the fateful march up from Fort Brooke to that of Fort King. Though he tends to glorify the soldiers and give them an air of utter patriots at times, he thoroughly analyzes the events that made for their destruction.
 Florida of the Seminoles. M. C. Leonard. 1995. Hillsborough Community College. April 25, 2006 . <http://www.floridahistory.org/floridians/seminol.htm>
Professor Leonard gives the reader a very brief outline of the events that made up the wars in Florida. In his detailings he seems to lend a sympathetic view to that of the settlers pushing onward to fulfill their desire for statehood and doesn't really express an interest in the views of the natives being evicted from the lands they had lived on.
 Seminole Wars. Wikipedia. April 20, 2006. Wikipedia Foundation, Inc. April 23, 2006. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seminole_Wars>
As with most all Wikipedia explanations this gives a well broken down outline of those events that made up the Seminole Wars. It as well has many links to continue ones search for more information regarding the events that led up to and that were a result of the wars.
 Fairbanks, Charles H. "Reminiscences of the Second Seminole War". Winter '71. Volume 18, Issue 1, page 63-4. April 25, 2006. <http://search.epnet.com.lsproxy.austincc.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&an=7683422>
Using Academic Search Premier I was able to find this review of a paper written after the war by a Mr. John Bemrose who served in the war, giving his accounts of what took place during.
 Knetsch, Joe. Florida's Seminole Wars 1817-1858. Great Britain : Arcadia Publishing, 2003.
This title covers the history of all three of Florida's Seminole Wars. Illustrated with artwork from the time, the book touches base on all three of the wars, the detail given for each is then somewhat lacking. Though this is more of a cursory examination of the Seminole troubles, it still grants an overview fit for an unexperienced reader on the subject. John K. Mahon's Second Seminole War would still be a more complete detailing of this conflict.