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Foundation Publications

The following books are published by the Seminole Wars Foundation, 
either solely or in conjunction with the University of Tampa Press.
Fear and Anxiety on the Florida Frontier:  Articles on the Second Seminole War  by Joe Knetsch.  2008, hardcover, 344 pages, $29.95.

A collection of articles covering numerous aspects of the Second Seminole War, from the importance of the cattle industry in bringing on the war, to the effect of hurricanes on the war’s conduct, written by one of the pre-eminent Seminole Wars scholars.

Amidst a Storm of Bullets:  The Diary of Lt. Henry Prince in Florida 1836-1842  Edited by Frank Laumer with a Foreword by John K. Mahon.  1998, softcover, 166 pages, $19.95.

The most complete diary available from a participant in the Second Seminole War.  Prince’s daily entries are filled with keen observations and intrepid insights, and written with humor and feeling.

This Torn Land: Poetry of the Second Seminole War, compiled and edited by John and Mary Lou Missall.  2010, hardcover, 268 pages, $29.95

War brings out the strongest of human emotions, and nineteenth century Americans often expressed those feelings in poetic verse.  During years of research, the editors have collected scores of poems written by participants and observers of this most tragic conflict.

The Fort King Road: Then and Now by Jerry C. Morris and Jeffrey A. Hough.  2009, softcover, 280 pages, $19.95.

A mile-by-mile survey of the original military trail that extended from Fort Brooke at Tampa Bay to Fort King in what is now Ocala.  The authors have used original surveys from the 1840s opposite aerial photographs from the 1940s, showing the original Fort King Road and overlaid with modern roads.

Reminiscences of the Second Seminole War by John Bemrose.  Edited and Introduced by John K. Mahon, with medical case notes edited by E. A. Ham-mond.  Softcover, 143 pages, $19.95.

Penned by a young Englishman serving as a hospital steward, Bemrose’s Reminiscences provides the reader with insights into the life of a common soldier during the Seminole Wars, and opens a window into medical practices of the day.

The Origin, Progress and Conclusion of the Florida War  by Capt. John T. Sprague.  Reproduction of the 1848 edition with an Introduction by John K. Mahon.  Softcover, 630 pages, $29.95.

The classic, essential work on the Second Seminole War, written by a participant and aide to the war’s final commander.  Contains many primary documents from the war.

This Miserable Pride of a Soldier:  The Letters and Journals of Col. William S. Foster in the Second Seminole War  Edited by John and Mary Lou Missall.  2005, hardcover, 215 pages, $29.95.

The official wartime journals and personal letters of a senior career officer who participated in many of the war’s most significant battles.

The War in Florida: Enhanced Edition by Woodburne Potter. 2013, softcover, 235 pages, $15.95.  Also available for Kindle from

A reprint of the classic 1836 first-hand account of the war's early months, now with an Introduction, endnotes, and index by John & Mary Lou Missall.  After examining the causes of the war, Potter recounts his experiences at Camp Izard and other places.  A "must have" for any student of the Seminole Wars.

Foundation Pamphlets

The Foundation’s Pamphlet Series covers a wide range of topics of interest to students of the Seminole Wars.  They are available at a cost of $3 each or $2 each in quantities of 10 or more.  Call the Foundation office at 352-583-2711 for details.

Volume I, No. 1:  (download) The Life of Luis Fatio Pacheco by Alcione Amos.  24 pages.  Luis Pacheco was a slave hired as an interpreter for the ill-fated command of Major Francis Dade.  This booklet tells how he was able to survive the battle, was sent to slavery in Oklahoma, and how he struggled to return to his home in Florida.

Volume I, No. 2: (download) A Short History of the Seminole Wars by John and Mary Lou Missall. 20 pages with a map and 16 illustrations.  Written for the person who is totally unfamiliar with the wars and would like to learn the basic facts.  Ideal for schools or other groups interested in adding to their knowledge of American history.

Volume I, No. 3:  (download) Memoir to Accompany a Map of Military Operations in Florida by Thomas B. Linnard.  24 pages with a 16” X 21” map, edited and with an introduction by Frank Laumer.  An 1837 military map of the seat of war in Florida, showing fort locations, military roads, and battle locations.  Accompanying notes give descriptions of the locations and conditions on the roads between them, written by the officer who compiled the information.

Volume I, No. 4: (download) Index of Seminole War Articles in the Florida Historical Quarterly, 1908-2008 compiled by John and Mary Lou Missall.  52 pages.  The Quarterly of the Florida Historical Society is an invaluable research tool for anyone studying Florida history.  This index lists all the articles pertaining to the Seminole Wars and related subjects, organized chronologically, by author, and by title.

Volume I, No. 5:  (download) In Their Own Words:  Selected Seminole “Talks” 1817-1842 compiled and edited by John & Mary Lou Missall.  38 pages.  A selection of Seminole letters and speeches given at treaty negotiations and in response to U.S. Government demands.  A moving and compelling narrative of the Seminole side of the story.

Volume I, No. 6:  (download) English / Seminole Vocabulary compiled by Debra Kay Harper.   48 pages.   A comprehensive list of Seminole language words, names, and phrases gathered from works written at the time of the Seminole Wars.  Indexed both in Seminole/English and English/Seminole, with pronunciation guide.

Volume I, No. 7 (download) An Army Moves On Its Stomach by Jerry Morris.  24 pages.  A comprehensive look at military cuisine in the early nineteenth century.  Learn what the soldiers ate, how they cooked it, and how they lived on the march.