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America's Hundred Years' WarU.S. Expansion to the Gulf Coast and the Fate of the Seminole,
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William S. Belko

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035253

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035253.001.0001

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South Carolina Volunteers in the Second Seminole War

South Carolina Volunteers in the Second Seminole War

A Nullifier Debacle as Prelude to the Palmetto State Gubernatorial Election of 1836

(p.209) 8 South Carolina Volunteers in the Second Seminole War
America's Hundred Years' War

James M. Denham

Canter Brown

University Press of Florida

This chapter illustrates how another major political and constitutional crisis in Antebellum America—the Nullification Crisis—involved the long conflict between the United States and the Seminole. Following the outbreak of the Second Seminole War, Nullifiers used the conflict in Florida to ensconce their political power in South Carolina. As a result of their dismal military record in the conflict, the Nullifiers quickly blamed the federal government for the military morass in Florida, which led to national controversy over the conduct of the war and a subsequent investigation of several prominent U.S. commanding generals.

Keywords:   Second Seminole War, Nullification Crisis, South Carolina volunteers, Antebellum America, political power, U.S.-Seminole relations

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