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I went to the library at FGCU on Sunday to do some research. Unfortunately it does not even come close to UCF or the Orlando library. So my library research trips are down to about once a year, and not looking up much at that.

I tried to catch up on some of the back issues of the FHQ (Florida Historical Quarterly.) The good news is that the state library now has most of the back issues digitized, and is up to 2002. So I looked at issues between 2002 to the present. Hopefully more issues can get digitized, especially these ones that I will mention.

I lost contact with the FHQ because in the mid-90s they had some of the worst articles on the 2SW that I have ever seen. The worst was an article on Seminole War forts by Ernie Dibble that was rife with errors, and obvious ones at that. Well they got a new editor who seems to be doing a much better job. I was also displeased when the membership jumped to $40 a year, which is the most expensive historical journal I received. That was when I dropped my membership, especially after the editor (who is now gone, apparently) wrote a whinny letter that we are not giving enough money. A poor historical journal was not worth $40 a year. But fortunately it seems like they turned a new leaf and are back to printing good articles on the 2SW and other Flor-historia.

So here are some FHQ articles worth checking out:

Summer 2005, Vol. 84/1, pp. 10-27.
Taking the State Out: Seminole & Creeks in the Late Eighteenth-Century Florida
A good article on the Indian trade involving Panton & Leslie and McGillivray.

Fall 2005, Vol. 84/2, pp. 229-255.
Britain's 1814 Occupation of Pensacola & America's Response: An Episode of the War of 1812 in the Southeast Borderland
Second to my interest in history reenactments from 2SW is War of 1812. A lot of factors that caused the 1st and 2nd Seminole Wars were instigated during the War of 1812, like the Creek War and the U.S. push to gain Spanish Florida.

Fall 2003, Vol. 82/2, pp. 191-218.
Historical Notes and Documents: the Mix Diaries
This is a diary from a sailor during the 2SW. He talks about Fort Alabama (Fort Foster) and Col. Foster.

And I saved the best for last:
Winter 2004, Vol. 82/3, pp. 313-359.
Historical Notes and Documents: "Everything is Hubbub Here": Lt. Games Willoughby Anderson's Second Seminole War 1837-1842.

Since I have a lot of research on Alachua County during the war, this was a gem for me to find. It also answered some questions that I have long had, like: the name of Lt. Alexander Montgomery's wife, which was Elizabeth. (found in the footnotes.)

This journal written by Lt. Anderson covers a lot of what was happening in Alachua area from where he was stationed during the first part of his tour, Ft. Gilliand and near Newnansville. And there are some very interested observations from the times.

Dr. Knetsch had written about this in the past, but it is nice to see it again. Enlisted men from all ranks down to private were allowed to have their wives at the frontier posts.

Lt. Anderson was especially effected by the death of Mrs. Montgomery, which I call the Battle of Black Point, on December 28, 1840. He apparently knew the Montgomery's well, and recommended that her husband Lt. Montgomery take all the Seminoles in Ft. Brooke and set them down at a table and blow the whole lot up.

Then while Anderson was leading a scout, they captured an elderly Seminole man while the rest of the village escaped. Anderson didn't think that the old man was moving fast enough or giving him enough information to capture another village, so he had the old man flogged to make him talk. Most times the treatment of prisoners like this would be cause for a court marshal, but I guess everyone was still worked up over the death of Mrs. Montgomery and there wasn't any more public sympathy for Seminoles like there was when Osceola died. So I think this journal is very good on showing the extreme emotions and horrors of the war from an eyewitness.

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