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Oscar Hart[1]

Male 1819 - 1896  (77 years)

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  • Name Oscar Hart 
    Born 1819  South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Duval County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 1896  Jacksonville,Duval County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 22 Apr 1896  Near Otter Creek Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I2193965070  Earnest
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2009 

    Father Isiah David Hart,   b. 6 Nov 1792, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1861  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Nancy A. Nelson,   b. Bef 14 Oct 1800, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1861, Jacksonville,Duval County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Family ID F2616354428  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Per Jean Mizell.
      Petition for Florida Indian Agent, 1880

      Oscar Hart to Carl Shurz, Secretary of the Interior

      To the Honorable Carl Schurz, Secretary of the Interior.
      The Memorial of Oscar Hart, respectfully shows, That the Seminole indians now in Florida, are the remnants of those who once possessed the entire country, the four military posts held by the Spaniards on the coast, and on the river St. Johns, and the American settlements on that river, and along the northern border, alone excepted. In after times, to maintain their right to it as they believed, they submitted to a destructive war, lasting from 1835 to 1842, and again from 1855 to 1858. A people whose heroism could inspire them to this, are still worthy of more than ordinary consideration. Too few now to create apprehension fromvoluntary hostility, they are yet too many to leave without the protecting care of the Government.

      Where opportunity exists there will often be abuse. Inthe estimation of the common mind injustice to the weak and the defenceless merits of reprehension, it may yet be pressed too far to be borne even by the weak. The outbreak that began the war of 1835-42 was caised by a party of armed white men who found a small party of Indians outside of the "Indian limits", whenthe indians were caught up and tied to trees and whipped. While this was going on the white men were fired upon by other Indians, coming up. The war of 1855-58, was caused by repeated acts of aggression by white men, the last act being by the soldiers who cut down and carried away a quantity of tropical fruit, the property of the Indians, when, unable longer to endure these repeated deeds of spoilation the soldiers were fired upon.

      The Indian in Florida is now at the mercy of the evil disposed of the white race, and liable at any time to outrage. One act too many may cause an outburst, the end of which nobody can foretell. He is not devoid of rights because he is an Indian. If he has no one tospeak for him, no one to whom he can look for redress, if wrong is practiced upon him, he must submit or resist by force. Life to this alternative he justlyfeels the first, to be outrage; the last to be revenge-ever most dear to the unenlightened mind-and blood shed, in which , suffering to the innocent, and unknown injury to the country must be the consequence. If left to himself, uncared for and unprotected, he must, in time, like the wild beasts of the forest, give place, and where then will he go? Who shall say then, when he will or will not share their fate? He is not a wild best but a able and intellectual human being. Their Chiefs, are men of superior sagacity and eloquence; the common man, quick to understand and to learn; and the women, distinguished for the possession of every feminine excellence, theough they have no culture but that learned in the woods. They lack only the proper cultivation to reflect credit upon the Government that shall foster and care for them, as well as honor upon themselves, in pursuits in which they have never had a chance to engage. We want immigration to our state: they are already settlers. We deplore the presence of ferocious wild beasts in it: it is they who keep them under. We want intelligence to point out the unknown recesses of the vast region still unexplored by white men: they alone are capable of doing it. That same vast region, wants occupants: they are fitted for it, and are already there. Here is their home-the remains of their country, to which they have been dirven, and to which they willnow cling through life.

      The attempts hitherto made to drive them from it cost the Government millions of money, and then did not wholly succeed. Any further collision between them and the white race is to be deprecated by every goodcitizen. It would again raise a clamor for their removal, which could be accomplished only by their vitural extirpation, in unk

  • Sources 
    1. [S1132440070] Founding Florida Pioneers & Their Descendants, Jean H. Mizell.