Jupiter in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
January 24, 1838
On January 24, 1838, Major General Thomas S Jesup, commanding 1,500 men, the largest army of Second Seminole War (1835-42), marched to the headwaters of the Loxahatchee River, where he defeated approximately 300 Red and Black Seminoles in the last standing battle of the war. The Seminoles attacked General Jesup's advanced guard of Dragoons, leading them into a cypress swamp while they hid and fired from a high, dense hammock. Outnumbered nearly seven to one, the Seminoles retreated to a watery stronghold on the opposite side of the river. They crossed to the east side of the river and waited for the troops to follow. Major William Lauderdale and his Tennessee Volunteers held a position on the west side of the river, putting them in direct line of withering musket fire that stopped their advance. After dismounting and drawing his pistol, General Jesup ordered the Tennesseans to follow him as he charged ahead. Instead, they held their position, and Jesup was shot in the face. The battle ended when Colonel William Harney's Dragoons outflanked the Seminoles, who fled into the Everglades. Seven soldiers were killed and thirty-one wounded.
Erected 2010 by Palm Beach County and The Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-695.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is January 24, 1838.
Location. 26° 55.792′ N, 80° 10.567′ W. Marker is in Jupiter, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker can be reached from West Indiantown Road (State Road 706) 1.3 miles west of Florida's Turnpike (Interstate 95), on the left when traveling west. Located in Riverbend Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9060 W Indiantown Rd, Jupiter FL 33478, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Powell's Battle (approx. 0.4 miles away); Burt Reynolds Ranch (approx. 1½ miles away); L.M. Davis Elementary School (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cinquez Park (approx. 3 miles away); Trapper Nelson Interpretive Site (approx. 3.3 miles away); Tennessee Volunteers and Militia Camp (approx. 3.4 miles away); Military Trail (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jupiter.
Also see . . . Riverbend Park. Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on November 23, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 516 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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