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Title Captain J. Rhett Motte, "Journey into Wilderness" 1836.
Object Name Manuscript
Collection Manuscript Collection
Scope & Content ACQUISITION: Bought from William Todd, specialist in early voyages, travels and adventures, 1931.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: "Original manuscript journal of Captain J. Rhett Motte, of Charleston, South Carolina, a member of the medical society of South Carolina and then on the medical staff of the U.S. Army during the Creek and Seminole Indian Wars. The journal covers the period from June 3, 1836 to the close of the Seminole War, being 268 folio pages, and was written immediately on his return, from notes taken in the field. He was fortunate in being present at most of the principal engagements and was an eye-witness to the capture of Osceola, King Phillip, Wild Cat, and many other Indian leaders. His description of the really desperate fighting, of St. Augustine and Jacksonville during the 19th century, and of the campaigns through the great swamps and of camp life are replete with interesting details."

Folder 25a - Correspondence dealing with the sale of the
manuscript, 1931.
Folder 25b - Correspondence dealing with sketches that
appeared in the book and copies of the sketches.
Folder 25c - Original manuscript.
Folder 25d - Copies of some chapters.

Date 11/01/1992
Dates of Creation Processed 11/1992 by Taryn Rodriguez-Boette.
Dates of Accumulation Updated 04/2010 by Jennifer Newton.
Object ID MC16.025
Library Location 10-5-B
Storage Contents MC16.025, Box 16-5: Four folders numbered 25a - 25d.