Site of Fort Gatlin

Site of Fort Gatlin (HM479)

Location: Orlando, FL 32806 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 29.669', W 81° 22.046'

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On November 9, 1838, during the Second Seminole Indian War (1835-42), the U.S. Army established Fort Gatlin in Mosquito County. This fort was named for Army Assistant Surgeon John S. Gatlin (1806-1835), who was killed in the Dade Massacre in 1835. The site of the fort was chosen as a military outpost due to its strategic position overlooking three lakes and because the area was frequented by Native Americans led by Seminole Chief King Philip and his son Coacoochee. The fort served the state militia during the war until the Army withdrew in 1849. A few soldiers and families remained in the area, growing citrus and raising cattle. In 1856, Fort Gatlin became the county seat of Orange County, created from Mosquito County in 1845. The community's name was later changed to Orlando, a name attributed to militiaman Orlando Reeves, who was reportedly killed in a skirmish during the Second Seminole War. It is believed that Reeves is buried near the site of Fort Gatlin. In 1941, during World War II, the United States Navy established the Underwater Sound Reference Laboratory near this site on Lake Gem Mary because of the great depth of the lake. The lab was closed in 1997.
HM NumberHM479
Marker NumberF-483
Year Placed2003
Placed ByA Florida Heritage Site Sponsored by the Fort Gatlin Historical Group, Orange County Public Schools, Orange County Government and The Florida Department of State
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 10:44pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 464039 N 3152035
Decimal Degrees28.49448333, -81.36743333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 29.669', W 81° 22.046'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 29' 40.14" N, 81° 22' 2.76" W
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Area Code(s)407, 321
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3811-3999 Summerlin Ave, Orlando FL 32806, US
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