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Wauchula in Hardee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Site of Fort Hartsuff

Established August 8, 1856

 
 
Site of Fort Hartsuff Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, August 8, 2017
1. Site of Fort Hartsuff Marker
Inscription.  Named in honor of Lt. George C. Hartsuff 2nd Artillery, U.S.A., whose detachment of men were ambushed in the Big Cypress Swamp, December 20, 1855, by the Seminole Indians killing several men and wounding many others.

Fort Hartsuff was a community fort used as a refuge for settlers during the Indian uprisings of 1856-1858.

The fort was garrisoned by U.S. Regular troops and the Florida Mounted Volunteers.
 
Erected 1978 by Peace River Valley Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is August 8, 1856.
 
Location. 27° 31.627′ N, 81° 49.062′ W. Marker is in Wauchula, Florida, in Hardee County. Marker is on South Florida Avenue, 0.2 miles north of Altman Road, on the left when traveling north. Marker is opposite the Florida's First Assembly of God Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wauchula FL 33873, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seminole Indian Battle (approx.
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2.1 miles away); "Bone" Mizell (approx. 2.1 miles away); Fort Chokonikla (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Forts of Florida. (Submitted on November 23, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
Additional commentary.
1. George Hartsuff's Middle Initial
This marker appears to have gotten George Hartsuff's middle initial wrong, his name was George Lucas Hartsuff.
    — Submitted April 15, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
 
Site of Fort Hartsuff Marker looking north along South Florida Avenue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, August 8, 2017
2. Site of Fort Hartsuff Marker looking north along South Florida Avenue
G. L. Hartsuff<br>Between 1861 and 1865 image. Click for full size.
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3. G. L. Hartsuff
Between 1861 and 1865
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 631 times since then and 131 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   3. submitted on April 15, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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