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Swamp Sailors and Second Seminole War

George E. Buker

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 led to the Second Seminole War, fought by the United States to evict the Seminoles from the Florida Territory. As the Seminoles sought refuge in the Everglades and resorted to guerrilla-style tactics, the U.S. Navy found its standard strategies and gunboat coastal defense useless.
For the first time in its history, the American Navy was forced to operate in a non-maritime environment. In Swamp Sailors, Buker describes how junior officers outshone their commanders, proving themselves less resistant to change and more ready to implement novel strategies.
By 1842, when the Second Seminole were halted, the Navy's "Mosquito Fleet" exemplified their new expertise for sustained land operations. With an understanding of native tactics and use of canoes, the American Navy regained its military prestige once more. Rich in history and detail and sure to be a favorite of military history buffs as well as navy men everywhere.

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