Near Lake Wales in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected by The Polk County Historical Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 2, 1837.
Location. 27° 56.726′ N, 81° 25.434′ W. Marker is near Lake Wales, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of Camp Mack Road and Rosalie Boulevard, on the right when traveling east on Camp Mack Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Wales FL 33898, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are Sumica (approx. 6.8 miles away); Old Indian Trails (approx. 9 miles away); The Railroad in Dundee History (approx. 13.2 miles away); Indian Burial Mound (approx. 15.2 miles away); Site of Fort Clinch (approx. 15.3 miles away); St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 16.6 miles away); 600 E. Hinson Avenue (approx. 16.7 miles away); 19 N. Sixth Street (approx. 16.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Wales.
Regarding Fort Gardiner. Fort Gardiner was the stepping off point for the Battle of Okeechobee which was fought on December 25, 1837. Eleven hundred US troops fought 400 Seminoles. The result of the battle left 26 men dead and 112 wounded of Zachary Taylor's force. There were 11 dead and 14 wounded Seminoles. The wounded soldiers were brought first back to Ft. Gardiner then to Ft. Fraser (near present day Highland City) then to Ft. Brooke (Tampa). This battle was one of the major battles of the Second Seminole Indian War. It brought national prominence to Taylor who went on to become the 12th President of the United States. Source: Mahon, John K. "History of the Second Seminole War." University of Florida Press. 1967.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 5, 2016, by Dean Moss McCracken of Lakeland, Florida. This page has been viewed 698 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2016, by Dean Moss McCracken of Lakeland, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.