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Chattahoochee in Gadsden County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Scott Massacre

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, January 16, 2018
1. The Scott Massacre Marker
Inscription.  The first U.S. defeat of the Seminole Wars took place here on November 30, 1817. Several hundred Seminole, Creek and maroon (Black Seminole) warriors came to this site following raids by U.S. troops on the Creek Indian village of Fowltown near today's Bainbridge, Georgia. A U.S. Army boat commanded by Lt. Richard W. Scott of the 7th U.S. Infantry Regiment approached on November 30, 1816, carrying 40 men, 7 women and 4 children. Twenty of the men were sick with fever and carried no arms. Warriors opened fire on Scott's boat from along the bank and most of his armed men were killed or wounded in this volley. The attack ended with the deaths of 34 U.S. soldiers, 6 children and 4 children. Native American and maroon casualties are unknown. Six men escaped by swimming to the opposite shore. One woman, Elizabeth Stewart (or Stuart), was captured. She was freed the following year. This attack led President James Monroe to order Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson's invasion of Spanish Florida and was the key factor in forcing the 1821 transfer of Florida to United States.
 
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The Scott Massacre Marker and surrounding markers. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 16, 2018
2. The Scott Massacre Marker and surrounding markers.
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #05 James Monroe, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is November 30, 1817.
 
Location. 30° 42.049′ N, 84° 51.399′ W. Marker is in Chattahoochee, Florida, in Gadsden County. Marker is on South River Landing Road, half a mile south of Washington Street (U.S. 90), on the right when traveling south. Marker is on mound with additional markers nearby. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chattahoochee FL 32324, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nicolls' Outpost (here, next to this marker); Chattahoochee Landing Mound Group (a few steps from this marker); Site of Ellicott's Observatory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Apalachicola Arsenal (approx. 1.1 miles away); United States Arsenal (1832-1861) (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Apalachicola Arsenal (approx. 1˝ miles away); Sneads (approx. 4.1 miles away); Florida Honors and Remembers our POW’s and MIA’s (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattahoochee.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 303 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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