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Okeechobee in Okeechobee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Battle of Okeechobee

 
 
Battle of Okeechobee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 12, 2016
1. Battle of Okeechobee Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1939 by Descendants of Colonel Richard Gentry, and the Florida Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Location. 27° 12.712′ N, 80° 47.358′ W. Marker is in Okeechobee, Florida, in Okeechobee County. Marker is on Southeast 38th Avenue 0.2 miles north of U.S. 98/441, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State
Battle of Okeechobee Marker on stone pedestal. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 12, 2016
2. Battle of Okeechobee Marker on stone pedestal.
Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3500 Southeast 38th Avenue, Okeechobee FL 34974, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Okeechobee County (approx. 3.5 miles away); Peter And Louisiana Chandler Raulerson Gravesite (approx. 5.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker was formerly located on US 98/441, south of this location.
 
Also see . . .  Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park. Florida Division of Recreation and Parks (Submitted on August 22, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
Battle of Okeechobee Marker with battlefield beyond. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 12, 2016
3. Battle of Okeechobee Marker with battlefield beyond.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 22, 2016.
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