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General Joseph M. Hernandez Claim Against The U.S. Government For Destruction By The Seminole Indians

1844-Dated, U.S. Government Imprint, by the U.S. House of Representatives, Report No. 58, neatly disbound, regarding reimbursement for destruction caused by the Seminole Indians, Choice Very Fine.

This original imprint measures 5.75" x 9", is 72 pages, has some expected light scattered tone, and contains the entire report made by the Committee of Claims in the U.S. Congress, on January 19, 1844, after considering Gen. Hernandez's claim. Here, he claimed losses of over $99,000 for the destruction by the Seminole Indians, of his buildings and other property at his large plantations in East Florida, in the period between 1835 - 1837, during the Seminole Indian War. He had already been indemnified by the U.S. Government for in excess of $34,000. The basis of his claim was that the Indians destroyed his property because they were occupied by U.S. troops. General Hernandez commanded the Militia in East Florida, and it was he who "captured" the great Seminole warrior, Osceola, when he came in under a flag of truce.

The Congressional Committee give a well-reasoned report here, in which they note that when the property was attacked by the Indians, the troops were no longer in occupation of it, and also noted that Indian warfare is part and parcel of frontier life in the history of this country, and the Federal government could not be expected to indemnify every person in this country who had suffered from Indian attacks. This report contains dozens of individual reports and affidavits from military and civilian persons in Florida at that time, and much more. It is a significant and detailed imprint with great historic content, and concerning an important personage in early Florida history.
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