Near Sumatra in Franklin County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Francis the Prophet, whose Indian name was Hillis Hadjo, was an important Creek chief who was forced to leave his home in the Alabama Territory at the end of the Creek War of 1813-14. He established a new town on the Wakulla River several miles above Ft. St. Marks. In 1818, Gen Andrew Jackson led an army into Spanish Florida to campaign against the restive Seminoles. With the army was a young Georgia militia private named Duncan McKrimmon. While Jackson’s forces were at recently constructed Ft. Gadsden in the spring of 1818, McKrimmon went fishing, lost his way, and after several days was captured by Indians from Francis Town. Duncan McKrimmon was taken to that village where he was stripped and bound to await execution. The younger of Francis’ two daughters, a girl of about fifteen named Malee (Anglicized as “Milly”) begged Private McKrimmon’s captors to spare his life. This they agreed to do. Instead of being shot, he was sold to the Spaniards at Ft. St. Marks, who then released him.
Erected by Department of National Resources in cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-202.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1818.
Location. 29° 56.297′ N, 85° 0.588′ W. Marker is near Sumatra, Florida, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Forest Road 127, 4 miles west of State Road 65, on the right when traveling south. On Route 65, a sign marks the turn for Fort Gadsden/Prospect Bluff Historic Sites. Go west on Forest Road 129. In about 4 miles, turn left onto Forest Road 129-D. The kiosk and parking lot are visible from that point. Roads are unpaved and may have potholes.
There is a walk from the parking lot, kiosk, and toilets to the site.
The site was named Fort Gadsden Historic Site until 2016, when its name was changed to Prospect Bluff Historic Sites. Some signs still carry the old name. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sumatra FL 32335, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Gadsden (here, next to this marker); British Fort Magazine (here, next to this marker); Steamship Tragedy (here, next to this marker); Wewahitchka Centennial (approx. 16.7 miles away); Gulf County Old Courthouse (approx. 16.7 miles away).
Additional keywords. Fort Gadsden Historic Site, Prospect Bluff Historic Sites
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 25, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on March 4, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. Photos: 1. submitted on February 26, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. 2. submitted on February 25, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.