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
[ 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.
Fort Mellon was located on Lake Monroe at the foot of the US Army road that is Mellonville Avenue today. The fort stood until after the Civil War when the town of Mellonville grew up around the site. This view of Fort Mellon was drawn by Capt. John Rogers Vinton, of the US Army Third Artillery, who was stationed at the fort in 1837.
[ 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. Seminole County World War Monument (here, next to this marker); Civil War (a few steps from this marker); 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 July 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 838 times since then and 67 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.