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This Day in Georgia History

December 28, 1835

Seminole Attack Led to War

A band of Seminole Indians ambushed a column of U.S. troops led by Maj. Francis Dade in Florida, killing all but 3 of the 108 soldiers, thus precipitating the Seminole War (actually Second Seminole War). Southern states were asked to send militia units for federal service to fight the Seminoles. Among the units making up Georgia’s quota of 3,500 soldiers was the Macon Volunteers.