Battle of Okeechobee Historical

Battle of Okeechobee Historical (HM1TVS)

Location: Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 27° 12.712', W 80° 47.358'

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In these woods on Christmas Day 1837, was fought the Battle of Okeechobee, in which a large band of Seminole Indians, under Chief Wild Cat, Alligator, and Sam Jones was routed by a brigade led by Colonel Zachary Taylor, consisting of the First, Fourth and Sixth Regiments of Infantry of the regular Army and the First Regiments of Missouri Volunteers totaling about 800 men. Fighting was close, desperate and bloody. Losses—Seminoles, unknown; Whites, 28 killed, 111 wounded. This action was the turning point of organized resistance in Florida.

Officers who lost their lives were:
Colonel Richard Gentry of the Missouri Volunteers;
Lieut.-Col. Alexander T. Thompson,
Capt. Joseph Van Swearingen
1st Lieut. Francis J. Brooke,
1st Lieut. John P. Center.
All of the Sixth Infantry, Regular Army.
Year Placed1939
Placed ByDescendants of Colonel Richard Gentry, and the Florida Society of Daughters of the American Revolution
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Date Added Monday, August 22nd, 2016 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 520865 N 3009919
Decimal Degrees27.21186667, -80.78930000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 12.712', W 80° 47.358'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 12' 42.72" N, 80° 47' 21.48" W
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Area Code(s)863
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3504-3546 SE 38th Ave, Okeechobee FL 34974, US
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