The Battle of Withlacoochee, fought in a swampy wilderness on the last day of 1835, generated a controversy which was more heated than the engagement itself. It was the Florida militia’s first relatively large-scale battle, and unfortunately, a subsequent bitter exchange of recriminations took place between Brigadier General Duncan Lamont Clinch, the regular army commander, and Brigadier General Richard Keith Call, Florida militia commander and territorial governor. Thus the role of the Florida men in their first serious military test became a matter of debate.
Bittle, George C.
"The Florida Militia's Role in the Battle of Withlacoohee,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 44:
4, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol44/iss4/5