It was in the spring of 1835, a few months before the actual commencement of that long, harrassing conflict between the Indians of Florida and the whites. Pioneer settlers in Florida had been subject to sporadic attacks by the Indians for many months. A few lives had been lost but, at this time, the conflict between the Indians, who claimed prior possession of the country, and the whites, who claimed ownership under the treaties of 1823 and 1832 had hardly reached a state of warfare.
Cobb, Samuel E.
"The Spring Grove Guards,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 22:
4, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol22/iss4/5