An Englishman in the Seminole War

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Randal Agostini

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"An Englishman in the Seminole War," was published by The Florida Historical Society and is available directly from the FHS and from Amazon.

The book is a memoir based upon the letters of John Bemrose, edited by Randal J. Agostini, who is John’s great great grandson. John Bemrose came to America from England as an unaccompanied 16 year-old in 1831. He served in the US Army as a dedicated hospital steward during the Second Seminole War.

Bemrose documented his five years in America in a series of sixty letters written to his eldest son, Weightman between November 1863 and May 1866.

John Bemrose provides unique descriptions of nineteenth century St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Micanopy, and other locations. He offers personal observations of Florida's diverse populations, and key figures of the Seminole War. Bemrose recounts dramatic battles, difficult marches through the Florida wilderness and the challenging life of a soldier in the 1830’s.

This exciting memoir, written as a first person narrative, provides valuable new insights into Florida history and culture from An Englishman in the Seminole War.”

Ben Brotemarkle, Executive Director, Florida Historical Society, Summer 2021.

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