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Auction 153, Lot 256

"[Lot of 3 - Maps and Report - Indian Wars] Proceedings of the Military Court of Inquiry, in the Case of Major General Scott and Major General Gaines…", U.S. Government

Subject: Florida

Period: 1837 (published)

Publication: Sen. Doc. 224, 24th Congress, 2nd Session

Color: Black & White

5.6 x 8.8 inches
14.2 x 22.4 cm

This interesting set of maps relates to the Indian Wars in Florida. They are included in the 734-page report documenting the military court proceedings examining the conduct and failed campaign by General Scott during the Second Seminole War (he was later exonerated). The maps include:

A. A Map of the Seat of War in Florida (10.5 x 14.8"). This is the first map by Major Gen. W. Scott to show the progress of the Seminole Wars. The map shows much of northern Florida from Charlotte Harbor in the southwest to St. Augustine in the northeast. Locates Tampa Bay, Lake George, Drums Lake, and numerous forts including Drane, Izard, Cooper, Alabama and Brooke. Delineates the routes of Gen. Eustis, Col. Goodwin, plus the Military Road from Fort Brooke to Fort King. Locates swamps, fords, numerous small settlements and a few battle sites. Many interesting place names like Negro Town, located northeast of Fort Cooper on the edge of the Great Swamp or the Cove of the Ouithlacoochee.

B. Copy of a Map of the Seat of War in Florida Forwarded to the War Department by Major Genl. W. Scott U.S.A. (12.0 x 15.8"). Major Gen. W. Scott prepared this map to accompany a report to the War Dept. on the progress of the Seminole Wars. It covers from Pilatka to Tampa Bay and shows the various battle grounds and troop movements through the region. Small inset at top shows the whole state of Florida. At lower right the larger inset is the Battle Ground of Major Dade. It locates the position of the Indians at various stages of the Advance Guard and more.

C. Camp Izard on the Ouithlacoochee River Feb. 29. 1836 (4.6 x 3.9"). This map shows the fort and locations of Indians on February 28 and 29, 1836. The fort was "Burnt Dec. 29." Locates the "Indians on 28 Feb. concealed by Palmettos." The legend locates troop headquarters and positions, the location of Lieut. Izard's grave, and more.

References: Claussen & Friis #151-153.

Condition: B

The maps and disbound text have light to moderate scattered foxing. The "Map of the Seat of War in Florida" also has light toning and a short binding tear at left that just passes the neatline.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $230

Closed on 5/20/2015