By the early spring of 1842 the Second Seminole War was drawing to its close. Since the noteworthy engagement at Lake Okeechobee on December 25, 1837, when the Indians had been defeated and had fled into inaccessible hiding-places, few pitched battles had been fought. Consequently, for several years the troops had engaged in a series of scouting expeditions which were designed to ferret out the numerous small bands of Indians and capture them.
White, Frank F. Jr.
"A Scouting Expedition along Lake Panasoffkee,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 31
, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol31/iss4/6