Fort Pierce in Saint Lucie County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Old Fort Park
Fort Pierce (1838-1842) was a significant Second Seminole War U.S. military post built during General Thomas S. Jesupís winter campaign of 1837-38. Strategically located on a high bluff along the Indian Riverís western shore, the fort was constructed by artillerymen from readily available palmetto logs. Named for Brevet Lt. Col. Benjamin K. Pierce, Fort Pierce briefly served as the Army of the South headquarters when General Jesup arrived with his staff and troops on January 14, 1838. Jesupís large mounted force included more than 1,000 troops. A nearby fresh water spring supplied water, and the bounty of the river helped feed the fortís occupants. Fort Pierce bustled with activity as troops engaged in the unsuccessful campaign to force Floridaís Seminole Indians to relocate west of the Mississippi River. During the first battle with the Seminoles on the Loxahatchee on January 15, 1838, Lt. Levin Powell and his Navy force suffered four casualties, including their doctor, and retreated north to Fort Pierce, where the wounded were treated by the fortís doctor. Never engaged in battle, the fort was deactivated in February 1842 at the end of the Second Seminole War. The fort was destroyed by fire in December 1843.
Erected 2016 by Fort Pierce Lions Club and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-934.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 South Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce FL 34950, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Pierce (within shouting distance of this marker); Traces of an Early Indian Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Military Fort Pierce at Old Fort Park, Fort Pierce (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Lucie County (approx. 0.7 miles away); US-1 Tee-Beam Bridge in Indian River County (approx. 8.8 miles away); McKee Jungle Garden Gates (approx. 12.4 miles away); McKee Jungle Gardens (approx. 12.4 miles away); Vero Beach City Hall (approx. 14.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Pierce.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Forts, Castles • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
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