Rochelle in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Colonel Daniel Newnan led a troop of the Georgia militia on a raid into the area in September 1812 in an attempt to annex Florida to the United States in the War of 1812. The raiders engaged a force of Seminole Indians under the command of Seminole chief King Payne. Several soldiers and Indians were killed in the fierce battle, including King Payne. Ft. Crane, named for Lt. Colonel Ichabod Crane, Commander of the U.S. Army District of Northeast Florida, was built in January 1837 during the Second Seminole War. It was located just south of Rochelle and was commanded by Lt. John H. Winder, who later served in the Mexican War. By the 1840s settlers had moved into the area from South Carolina and Georgia. The Perry, Rochelle, Tillman and Zetrouer families were among the earliest arrivals. Early roads in the area were heavily travelled by settlers and the military. One important route linked St. Augustine with Newnansville, located about 16 miles northwest of this marker. Union troops passed near this site in August 1864 enroute to Gainesville, where they were defeated by Confederate cavalry led by Capt. J.J. Dickison.
The community of Rochelle, located about one mile south of this marker, was first called Perry Junction and grew up around the site of the plantation of Madison Starke Perry, Governor
Erected 1995 by The Alachua County Historical Commission and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F- 353.)
Location. 29° 35.752′ N, 82° 13.672′ W. Marker is in Rochelle, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is at the intersection of County Road 234 and County Road Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gainesville FL 32641, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madison Starke Perry (approx. 3.1 miles away); Gainesville’s Only Artesian Spring (approx. 5.1 miles away); Boulware Springs Water Works Building (approx. 5.1 miles away); Jesse Johnson Finley (approx. 5.7 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 5.8 miles away); Matheson House (approx. 6.7 miles away); The Gainesville Servicemen's Center / Thelma Boltin Center (approx. 6.9 miles away); Spanish Cattle Ranching (approx. 6.9 miles away).
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