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St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Major Dade and His Command Monuments

 
 
Major Dade and His Command Monuments Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, November 16, 2016
1. Major Dade and His Command Monuments Marker
Inscription.  On December 28, 1835, during the Second Seminole War, a column of 108 U.S. Army soldiers dispatched from Fort Brooke (Tampa) to relieve the detachment at Fort King (Ocala) was surprised by a strong force of Seminole Indians near Bushnell in Sumter County. Except for three soldiers and an interpreter, the entire column of 108 men, led by Major Francis Langhorne Dade, perished in battle that day. On August 15, 1842, Dade and his command, as well as other casualties of the war, were re-interred here under three coquina stone pyramids in a ceremony marking the end of the conflict. Among those buried with Dade are Captain George W. Gardiner, U.S. Military Academy (U.S.M.A.) 1814, first Commandant of Cadets at West Point, and Major David Moniac, U.S.M.A., 1822, a Creek Indian and first Native-American graduate of the Military Academy.
 
Erected 2001 by West Point Society of North Florida and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-434.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites
Major Dade and His Command Monuments Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 20, 2014
2. Major Dade and His Command Monuments Marker
Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the National Cemeteries series list.
 
Location. 29° 53.186′ N, 81° 18.566′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is on Marine Street north of San Salvador Street (Road 0), on the left when traveling north. Marker is located at the gate to the St. Augustine National Cemetery at the fence line. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 Marine Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Augustine National Cemetery (here, next to this marker); A National Cemetery System (a few steps from this marker); King's Bakery (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers' Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Address by President Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); Dade Pyramids (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Francis Barracks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named St. Francis Barracks (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Major Dade and His Command Monuments Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, November 16, 2016
3. Major Dade and His Command Monuments Marker
Marker located at the entrance to the St. Augustine National Cemetery.
Major Dade Monument (<i>located on north side of cemetery</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, April 16, 2014
4. Major Dade Monument (located on north side of cemetery)
National Cemetery Gettysburg Address plaque in background on right.
Major Dade Memorial Pyramids & Monument (<i>located on north side of cemetery</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 12, 2018
5. Major Dade Memorial Pyramids & Monument (located on north side of cemetery)
Major Dade Memorial Coquina Pyramid (<i>located on north side of cemetery</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, April 16, 2014
6. Major Dade Memorial Coquina Pyramid (located on north side of cemetery)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 20, 2016, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.   2. submitted on September 24, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida.   3. submitted on November 20, 2016, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.   4, 5, 6. submitted on December 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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