Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Scott Massacre of 1817 - New Book Details First U.S. Defeat of the Seminole Wars

My newest book, The Scott Massacre of 1817, is now available in both print and Kindle editions at

Named for Lieutenant Richard W. Scott of the 7th U.S. Infantry, this encounter on the banks of the upper Apalachicola River was the first defeat for the army in a series of wars between the United States and the Seminole Indians. It assured that the full power of the expanding nation would be brought to be bear on the alliance of Red Stick Creek, Seminole and African ("Black Seminole") warriors that overwhelmed and then inflicted a stunning 98% casualty rate on Lieutenant Scott's command.

Much has been written about the later Dade Massacre or Battle, but this is the first book-length study of the event that led the Monroe Administration to order the invasion of Spanish Florida by Major General Andrew Jackson. More than any other event, the attack on Scott's command enabled the United States to pressure Spain into giving up Florida. The colony became a U.S. territory just four years after the battle on the upper Apalachicola.

The new book explores events leading up to the retaliatory attack on Scott's command, the incidents of the battle itself, the repercussions of Scott's defeat and provides the first ever listing of U.S. casualties. With attention also devoted to the preliminary Battle of Fowltown and the subsequent U.S. invasion of Florida, I believe you will find this to be a fascinating and informative read.

Read excerpts and learn more about ordering:

The Scott Massacre of 1817 (Print Edition $19.95)

The Scott Massacre of 1817 (Kindle Edition $9.95)

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