Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Seminole Wars / Mexican War
I am Private Pet Younger of the 4th US Infantry Regiment. I joined the Regular Army in November 1835 at age 15. I was specially trained as part of the light infantry company whose main jobs were scouting and skirmishing. My training was mighty timely because I had stumbled right into the Second Seminole War! The Seminoles were a mixture of original Florida natives, Creeks fleeing Alabama and Georgia after the Creek War, and fugitive slaves. The conflict dates back to May 1814, when British forces landed in Western Florida, armed the Indians and built a fort. When General Jackson chased the British and their Indian allies out of Mobile and Pensacola, fugitive slaves took over the fort. Southern whites saw it as a dangerous inspiration for their slaves to run away. In 1817, American squatters and outlaws raided the Seminoles, killing villagers and stealing cattle and the Seminoles replied in kind. They killed a group of American sailors, which led to the First “official” Seminole War. Jackson attacked the Indians and Spanish and in 1819, Spain ceded West Florida to United States. Victory was declared and the Seminoles were allowed a reservation in central Florida. The Second War stemmed from President Jackson’s Indian Relocation Act (Trail of Tears) in 1830, requiring all Indians
I am Corporal Lemuel Ruffin of the First Marine Battalion. We fought in the war with Mexico. This war was the result of Texas joining the United States. When the Texians (you now call then Texans) won their independence in 1836, Mexico regarded it as a state
Ringgold's battery at Palo Alto
Artillery Tools and Equipment: 1-Vent Pick (for puncturing powder bag); 2-Vent Clearing Punch (for cleaning vent); 3-Fuse Plug (holds fuses in shells); 4-Sponge Cover; 5-Sponge (for swabbing barrel); 6-Rammer (for ramming round); 7-Worm-and-Bruch (for cleaning barrel); 8- Trail Handspike (for moving cannon by hand); 9-Water Bucket (for sponge); 10-Leather Thumb Stall (placed on thumb over vent to prevent air entering during cleaning); 11-Gunner’s Haversack (for carrying rounds); 12-Lanyard and Friction Primer (for firing); 13-Pendulum Hausse and Case (used to aim the gun); 14-Gunner’s Pouch and Belt.
Location. 34° 44.102′ N, 86° 35.315′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Monroe Street Northwest and Washington Street Northwest, on the left when traveling east on Monroe Street Northwest. Touch for map. Located along Patriots Walkway in Veterans Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Monroe Street Northwest, Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barbary Coast Wars (here, next to this marker); Civil War (here, next to this marker); Late Indian Wars (here, next to this marker); War of 1812 (here, next to this marker); Revolutionary War (a few steps from this marker); Spanish American War 1898/Philippine Insurrection 1899-1913 (a few steps from this marker); World War I (Great War)/1914 – 1918 (a few steps from this marker); Korean War/ Cold War-Korea 1953- (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
Also see . . . Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial. (Submitted on January 22, 2014.)
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Mexican-American • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2014, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 574 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on July 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 21, 2014, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.