After days of tedious excursions in the miserable humidity of Florida's Everglades, Lieutenant John T. McLaughlin decided to return his disabled and sick to their island base. The sailors, now several years into the Second Seminole War, had become physically overwhelmed by the wet condition, biting insects, and swamplife around them. Moving through terrain typified by "continuou portage over stump and cypress knees with occasional glimpses of open water," the healthier of McLaughlin's men continued their assignment, paddling their small canoes to search out sign of enemy activity. Excitement arose as three canoes were discovered concealed in the undergrowth, but the force did not locate any Indians. When given orders to proceed to the coast, the men found a renewed strength as they maneuvered their own boats away from the anxiety of riverine warfare.
Dunnavent, R. Black
"A Muddy Water Warrior's Manual,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 78:
4, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol78/iss4/3