State Archives of Florida: Series 2153, Box 06, Folder 60
Reply letter from Florida Governor Thomas Brown to B. A. Vaughan, T. S. Rogers and T. B. Goldsby, a group of students at the University of Virginia, telling them he "admires" their willingness to come help expel Billy Bowlegs and the Seminoles from Florida, but as governor he has not authority to organize a military force.
March 9, 1853
Although the Second Seminole War ended in 1842, sporadic conflict between the Seminoles and white settlers continued. Billy Bowlegs and other Seminole chiefs frustrated repeated federal attempts to remove them and their bands to reservations west of the Mississippi River. News of the Seminoles’ resistance received national attention, as people read about the ongoing fight in the swamps and forests of south Florida.