Seminole Indian War author to speak at quilt museum

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By The Staff

The Second Seminole Indian War, 1835 to 1842, was America’s most costly Indian War in money and lives lost and was experienced differently in the scattered settlements throughout the Territory of Florida. Early pioneers from Tallahassee to St. Augustine to Tampa to Micanopy lived with a constant sense of panic and apprehension out of fear of Indian attack. Soldiers sent by the US government to fight the Seminole and Miccosukee Indians experienced many tactical differences when fighting in remote places such as Charlotte Harbor, the Everglades, and the Cove of the Withlacoochee.

In his new book, Fear and Anxiety on the Florida Frontier, noted writer and historian Dr. Joe Knetsch, has gathered a collection of essays covering a wide range of topics on the Second Seminole Indian War. Drawing from a variety of primary and secondary sources, the essays range from how the cattle industry helped bring on the war to examining the effect of hurricanes on its conduct to the construction of the frontier forts.

Dr. Knetsch will present his new book at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Levy County Quilt Museum, following the “Pickin’ on the Porch.” Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Over the years, Dr. Knetsch has authored more than 180 articles on the history of Florida from Spanish Land Grants to a history of the Florida Turnpike. He also has written two books, Florida’s Seminole Wars, 1817 - 1858 and Faces on the Frontier: Florida’s Surveyors and Developers in the 19th Century. He works for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands as an historian and expert witness.

For more information call Toni Collins at (352) 490-5636.

The Levy County Quilt Museum is located at 11050 NW 10th Ave., Levyville, six miles east of Chiefland, and one mile north of US 27 Alt.