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Replica of log fort at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park - Bushnell, Florida

Replica of log fort at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park - Bushnell, Florida

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  • Replica of log fort at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park - Bushnell, Florida

Image Number

  • RC20161


  • 194-

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General Note

  • The sign reads, "The survivors of the first attack by the Indians retreated to this point and built a log fort this size and shape. Here they made their last fight. A detachment, under General Gaines, on February 20, 1836 buried Dade and his men here. The bodies were removed to St. Augustine on August 6, 1842. In memory of those brave soldiers who here gave their lives that civilization and progress might follow this Park is dedicated to perpetuate in the hearts and minds of succeeding generations their heroic valor and patriotism."
  • Dade Battlefield Historic State Park was the site of the opening battle of the Second Seminole War on 28 December 1835. Angry over the American government's Indian removal policy, a group of 180 Seminole males attacked Major Francis Dade and his 103 soldiers marching from Fort Brook (Tampa) to Fort King (Ocala). Only three of the Americans survived. The event was for years known as Dade's Massacre. Starting in 1905, with Congressman Stephen Sparkman, attempts were made to preserve the site. Finally on 29 September 1921, at the urging of US Senator Duncan Fletcher, the state legislature purchased the site as a historic memorial. The 80-acre property was later transferred to the Florida Park Service as a state park. In 1972, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Dade Battlefield Historic Memorial. It was also designated as a National Historic Landmark.

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Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 8 x 10 in.

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Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 16328.

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