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When the Mexican War broke out in 1846, American men from every state but three joined the volunteer forces heading for Mexico. Floridians did not initially send troops to the front. Floridians had fought the Second Seminole War and still had concerns about the Seminole Indians on the peninsula. Two companies remained in Florida to protect the frontier against another Seminole uprising. Three companies went to Mexico, but it was too late for them to give or take blood in battle. This book is intended as a starting point for study of both the history of Florida during this period and as a continuation of Mexican War scholarship. The stories of the five volunteer companies from Florida are enhanced with appendices that include muster rolls, deaths, discharges, pensions and bounty land warrants.