My little flying squirrel was really friendly on Tuesday night and sat on my shoulder while I was on the computer for about 30 minutes. The little guy has never done that before, and is usually too squirmy when I let him out of the cage. He ran around on the table some, but didn’t plop down on the floor this time. The past three nights he has stayed hidden in some of the boxes in his cage. He seems lively enough and not suffering from the seizures that he did the past couple months. But I am a little concerned since he went from overly friendly to shy.
I have a job interview coming up in Palatka this week. An opportunity for a promotion. I like it down here, but I would be closer by half the time and distance to my parents, who need me to occasionally come over and change light bulbs. And I am tired of those dang mosquitoes down here. I would miss being away from the Seminoles and Miccosukees, but have to go where the work is. It looks like a really good opportunity at another state park. I might think about buying some cooler weather clothes, since it will be in the 40s at night this coming week, about 20 degrees cooler than here. But I will only be there one night, so I won't venture far from the motel.
Beware the Ides of March! (Metaphor for impending doom.) Well then, fortunately March is almost over. Here is what happened in Seminole War history in March.
27 March 1814--the Creek town at Horseshoe Bend in Alabama is destroyed by andrew jackson. One of the most tragic events in the history of America, where more Indians are killed in one day than I think any other event in our country's history. I already told more about it last year, so I don't want to get into it here.
March 1818, the First Seminole War began as the same andrew jackson invaded Spanish territory with 3,000 soldiers (1,000 of which were Creeks and Choctaws), established Fort Gadsden on the site of the previously destroyed Negro Fort. Next he headed towards the town of Miccosukee on Lake Miccosukee, and destroyed the largest Seminole/Miccosukee town in Florida.
28 March 1833 the Treaty of Fort Gibson (now Oklahoma) was signed. The result of President Jackson's Indian removal. The treaty was later declared void by the Supreme Court because of charges of fraud and deception by the Indian Agent John Phagan. But President Jackson still went ahead and used it as an excuse to remove the Seminoles from Florida. Aren't we seeing jackson's name an awfully lot?
March 1836--the Army has a bad time against the Seminole with many failed campaigns to remove them from Florida. South Carolina soldiers held up in Addison Blockhouse in what is now Tomoka State Park.
General Winfield Scott starts his failed campaign to round up the Seminoles in the Withlacoochee, and when it doesn't work, blames it all on General Gaines. Scott is held up and fired upon at the river near the same spot where Gaines was penned up the previous month, with the loss of several of Scott's personal musicians. One of the failures of the campaign was almost no concept of the distance and interior of the peninsula of Florida, which is why General Eustis never meets up with Scott's command, but instead has some pretty tough skirmishes on the St. Johns and burns the town of Okihumpky.
General Winfield Scott