Thursday, 9 February 2012

us cavalry

in 1832, Congress formed the United States Mounted Ranger Battalion to protect settlers along the east bank of the Mississippi River and to keep the Santa Fe trail open. The battalion comprised volunteers organized into six companies of 100 men. To correct what was perceived as a lack of discipline, organization and reliability, Congress formed the United States Regiment of Dragoons as a regular force in 1833, consisting of 10 companies (designated A through K) with a total of 750 men. The Regiment fought against the Seminole nation in 1835, when Chief Osceola Osceola.jpgled warriors from his tribe in the Second Seminole War in protest to the Treaty of Payne's Landing.In 1832, a few Seminole chiefs File:USCavalryFieldUniforms1876.gifsigned the Treaty of Payne's Landing, by which they agreed to give up their Florida lands in exchange for lands west of the Mississippi River. Five of the most important of the Seminole chiefs, including Micanopy of the Alachua [small_The-Silenced-War-Whoop.jpg]Seminoles, did not agree to the move. In retaliation, Native American agent Wiley Thompson declared that those chiefs were removed from their positions. As relations with the Seminoles deteriorated, Thompson forbade the sale of guns and [Custer's+Demand+1.jpg]ammunition to the Seminoles. Osceola, a young warrior beginning to rise to prominence, was particularly upset by the ban, as he felt it equated Seminoles with slaves.[The+Duel.jpg]
Osceola had two wives and at least five children. One of his wives was a black woman, and he fiercely opposed the enslavement of free peoples.(Katz 1986) In spite of this, Thompson considered Osceola to be a friend, and gave him a rifle. Later, though, when Osceola quarreled with Thompson, [small_Breaking+Through+The+Line.jpg]Thompson had him locked up at Fort KingFile:Fort King marker Ocala01.jpg for a night. The next day, to get released, Osceola agreed to abide by the Treaty of Payne's Landing and to bring his followers in. On December 28, 1835 Osceola and his followers ambushed and killed Wiley Thompson and six others outside of Fort King while another group of Seminoles ambushed and wiped out a column of US Army troops marching up fromFile:Fortbrooke.jpg Fort Brooke to Fort King.File:USA Florida location map.svg These near-simultaneous attacks began the Second Seminole War For a year, the established units had difficulty containing the Indians. Congress responded by establishing the 2nd United States Regiment of Dragoons in 1836On October 21, 1837, on the orders of U.S. General Thomas Sidney Jesup,Thomas Sidney Jesup.jpg Osceola was captured when he arrived for supposed truce negotiations in Fort Payton. He was imprisoned at File:Castillo de San Marcos Fort Panorama 1.jpgFort Marion,File:Hotshot furnace Fort Marion (Castillo de San Marcos).jpg St. Augustine, Florida. Osceola's capture by deceit caused a national uproar. General Jesup and the administration were condemned. That December, Osceola and other Seminole prisoners were moved to Fort MoultrieSouth Carolina. They were visited by townspeople.
George Catlin and other prominent painters met him and persuaded him to pose. Robert J. Curtis painted an oilFile:Cigarindian1.jpg portrait of Osceola as well. These pictures inspired a number of other prints, engravings, and even cigar storeCigar store indian.jpg fort marion belowFile:Fort2.jpgfigures. Afterward numerous landmarks, including Osceola Counties in Florida, Iowa, and Michigan, were named after him, along with Florida's Osceola National Forest.
Osceola died of malaria on January 30, 1838, less than three months after his capture.He was buried with military honors at Fort Moultrie.File:Fort Moultrie National Monument.JPG.The U.S. Cavalry played a prominent role in the American Indian Wars particularly in the American Old West. Particularly notable were the 7th Cavalry, associated with GeneralGeorge Armstrong CusterFile:Custer Portrait Restored.jpg and the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the 9th and 10th Cavalry,File:Charles Marion Russell - The Custer Fight (1903).jpg the Buffalo Soldiers. Infantry units, called by the Indians "walkaheaps", were also involved and in some cases were the main force deployed. Infantry, when mounted, were called "mounted infantry" Osceola.jpg 

lacking training and skill in horsemanship and cavalry tactics.


  1. Interesting story about the outcome of the Second Seminole war started at Fort Christmas, FL