Photo of An Authentic Narrative of the Seminole War; and of the Miraculous Escape of Mrs. Mary Godfrey, and her Four Female Children (Daniel L. Blanchard,1836) from the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History. Photo also features fold out that was included with the pamphlet which is now encapsulated separately.

Hidden Meanings in a Second Seminole War Pamphlet

My first acquaintance with the plight of Mary Godfrey came a few years back when I was researching literature produced during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842).   Her story is a “captivity narrative,”...