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Bushnell in Sumter County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Ft. Armstrong

 
 
Ft. Armstrong Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Ft. Armstrong Marker
Inscription.  During the Second Seminole Indian War (1835-42) a number of military forts were constructed in Florida. These forts served as supply bases and other logistic supports. Near this site was constructed Ft. Armstrong. The fort was constructed in November 1836 by a detatchment of Tennessee Volunteers under the command of Major Robert Armstrong.
Also, near this site General Keith Call, in command of some 2500 troops, including a Florida Cavalry unit, a U.S. Artillery Battalion, a group of Tennessee Volunteers and several hundred Creek Indians, who had enlisted in the U.S. Army, encamped on November 20,1836. The following morning, this command moved out to meet a large group of Seminole Indians at the Battle of Wahoo Swamp. This battle was one of the fiercest battles of the war. The U.S. Forces were unsuccessful in destroying the Seminoles, and , as a result, General Call was relieved of his command.
 
Erected 1982 by Sumter County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWars, US Indian. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1836.
 
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28° 39.468′ N, 82° 7.582′ W. Marker is in Bushnell, Florida, in Sumter County. Marker is on County Road 476, on the right when traveling west. Located between County Roads 603 and 605. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bushnell FL 33513, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. On This Spot (approx. half a mile away); Bushnell Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pilaklikaha/Abraham's Town (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sumter County Farmers Market (approx. 5.2 miles away); Parson Brown Orange Tree (approx. 5.6 miles away); Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery (approx. 6 miles away); The Battle of Wahoo Swamp (approx. 6.1 miles away); Florida National Cemetery (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bushnell.
 
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1. United States History; Second Seminole War. The largest faction of Seminole, led by their chief Osceola (1804?–1838), refused to go west to Indian Territory (Oklahoma). On December 28, 1835 Osceola murdered Indian agent Wiley Thompson. The same day, Major Francis Dade and his U.S. soldiers were ambushed by 300 Seminole warriors near Fort King (Ocala). These incidents began the Second Seminole War. (Submitted on April 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. The Second Seminole War,Wikipedia entry
Ft. Armstrong Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James R. Murray, September 25, 2014
2. Ft. Armstrong Marker
The State of Florida has cleaned up the marker presentation recently and added landscaping. There is also a "historical monument marker ahead" sign 1/4 mile in each direction from the marker.
. also known as the Florida War, was a conflict from 1835 to 1842 in Florida between various groups of Native Americans collectively known as Seminoles and the United States, part of a series of conflicts called the Seminole Wars. The Second Seminole War, often referred to as the Seminole War, was the most expensive Indian War fought by the United States. (Submitted on April 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Richard Keith Call, Wikipedia entry. as the third and fifth territorial governor of Florida...During this first term, he led the Florida militia in fighting the Seminole Indians, (Submitted on April 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Ft. Armstrong Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, March 20, 2011
3. Ft. Armstrong Marker
General Keith Call, in command of some 2500 troops image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Wikipedia
4. General Keith Call, in command of some 2500 troops
Seminole chief Osceola image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Smithsonian American Art Museum
5. Seminole chief Osceola
Ft. Armstrong Marker, looking west along County Road 476 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, March 20, 2011
6. Ft. Armstrong Marker, looking west along County Road 476
Ft. Armstrong Marker, seen looking eastward along County Road 476 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, March 20, 2011
7. Ft. Armstrong Marker, seen looking eastward along County Road 476
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,516 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on September 25, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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