Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Second Seminole War
[ Illustration ] • "Oseola at Lake Monroe"
Osceola (1804 - 1838) was born in Alabama & came to Florida at an early age. Osceola was never a "chief" of the Seminoles, but he was a fierce leader who had many followers among the Seminoles. Osceola's main encampment was here on the southern shore of Lake Monroe. Osceola led a valiant attempt to resist the U.S. government's efforts
[ Illustration ] • (portrait engraving: Coacoochee)
Coacoochee (1810 -1857), also known as Wild Cat, was born to a sister of Micanopy (Chief of the Seminole Nation) and King Philip (Emathla, Cheif of a Mikasuki tribe) in Mosquito County, now Seminole County. King Philip (Emathla) and Coacoochee led the attack against Camp Monroe (Fort Mellon) on February 8, 1837. Coacoochee became the most respected war chief after the death of Osceola. Coacoochee was captured several times, but escaped. He was captured again in October 1841 and sent to a reservation in the Arkansas Territory (now Oklahoma). In 1845, he was taken to Texas to assist on a peace mission, but instead Coacoochee traveled throughout Texas for four years, inciting hostile Indians. He recruited some Kickapoo warriors and with his following of Seminoles and Blacks, they escaped into Mexico. He died of smallpox in Mexico in 1857.
[ Illustration ] •"N.W. view of Fort Mellon, Lake Monroe, 1837" - JRV
Fort Mellon was located on Lake Monroe at the foot of the US Army road that
[ Illustration ] • (Distinctive Unit Insignia, US 2nd Cavalry Regiment), "Toujours Pret"
The US Army Second Regiment of Dragoons was stationed at Fort Mellon from 1837 through 1841. The palmetto leaf on the unit insignia represents the Second Seminole War. This regiment fought during Operation Desert Storm as the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment and as the Second Stryker Cavalry Regiment during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Location. 28° 48.898′ N, 81° 16.087′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is on Seminole Boulevard north of North Park Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located in the City of Sanford's Veterans Memorial Park, which extends over a pier out into Lake Monroe. The marker is found near the park's entrance at the south end of the pier, along its west boardwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Sanford FL 32771, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seminole County World War Monument (here, next to this marker); Civil War Veterans Memorial Park (a few steps from this marker); Vietnam War (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean War (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Sanford World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gate City of South Florida (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Native Americans • War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm • War, 2nd Iraq • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 800 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 15, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. 7. submitted on October 29, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.