December 31, This day during the American Indian War

December 31, 1835 – Battle of Ouithlacoochie was a battle in the Second Seminole War fought on December 31, 1835, along the Withlacoochee River in Citrus County, Florida. The regulars and a few of the volunteers had crossed, when the Indians began a severe and unexpected fire. General Call, having made a footbridge of logs, was trying to get his men across as fast as possible when the attack began. He now left them with orders to cross is rapidly as they could, and crossed in the canoe himself while the fight was at the worst. As many of the volunteers as could do so crossed during the fight, and by their gallant conduct helped largely to win the day, for they prevented the Indians from getting between the regular troops and the river, and so cutting them off.

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