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John T. Sprague

John Titcomb Sprague was born July 3, 1810 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Sprague’s father was a surgeon in the U.S. army and served in Detroit Michigan while Lewis Cass was there. After Cass was appointed Secretary of War, he gave Sprague a position on his staff. Sprague worked for Cass until 1834 when he was appointed as an officer in the Marine Corps. Lieutenant Sprague assisted in the removal of the Creeks. Sprague was assigned to Florida during the Seminole War. After the war with the Seminoles, Sprague was assigned to their removal to Oklahoma. He retired from military service in 1870. Sprague is also the author of a book, “The Origin, Progress and Conclusion of the Florida War,” based on his experiences during the Seminole War in Florida. He passed away in New York on September 6, 1878.

Source: National Cyclopedia of American Biography, 4 (New York: James T. White Company) 1897, p221.

Updated 9.27.2010