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Site of Fort Clinch

 
 
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By Dean Moss McCracken, June 1, 2016
1. Site of Fort Clinch Marker
Inscription. One of a chain of Seminole Indian War forts 1849-1858. Several men served at this post who later gained prominence in the Civil War. Among these were Generals George G. Meade, A.P. Hill, and "Stonewall" Jackson. Garrisoned by 1st. Art., 7th Inf. U.S. Army and Florida Mounted Volunteers.
 
Erected by Polk County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 27° 45.341′ N, 81° 33.097′ W. Marker is near Frostproof, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of County Road 630 and Davis Road, on the right when traveling east on County Road 630. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 930 Co Rd 630, Frostproof FL 33843, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Burial Mound (approx. 1.6 miles away); Old Indian Trails (approx. 11 miles away); Sumica (approx. 12.8 miles away); Fort Gardiner (approx. 15.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted parallel with the road and can be difficult to spot. The reverse of the marker is blank, which is unusual for a free standing marker.
 
Regarding Site of Fort Clinch. General Duncan Lamont
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By Dean Moss McCracken, June 9, 2016
2. Site of Fort Clinch Marker
1874 map of Polk County illustrating Ft. Clinch and three other period Polk County forts. Ft. Arbuckle, Ft, Gardiner and Ft. Meade. Credit: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division. Click map to enlarge.
Clinch (1787-1849 ) served in the 1st and 2nd Seminole Indian Wars and was very popular with his men. Thus three period Florida forts were named for him. In addition to this fort in Polk County (Est. 1850), there was Ft. Clinch at the mouth of the Withlacoochee River (Est.1836) in what is now Levy County and the most famous Ft. Clinch (Est. 1847) still stands in Nassau County.

Polk County's Ft. Clinch was established January 13, 1850 on the shore of what was then Lake Mocha Popka. This fort was a stockade which consisted of six or seven buildings. The fort was abandoned by the military June 8, 1850.

Sources: Gray, James M. Florida Forts. Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library. 1972. Call#FLA623G779.
Mahon, John K. History of the Second Seminole War. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, Fl. 1967.
Roberts, Robert B. Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States. Macmillan Publishing Co. NY. 1988.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWars, US Indian
 
Site of Fort Clinch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dean Moss McCracken, June 1, 2016
3. Site of Fort Clinch Marker
Blank reverse of Ft. Clinch Marker.
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By Dean Moss McCracken, June 1, 2016
4. Site of Fort Clinch Marker
Looking west down SR630. Lake Clinch is seen in the background.
Site of Fort Clinch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dean Moss McCracken, June 1, 2016
5. Site of Fort Clinch Marker
Looking south at Ft. Clinch marker and Lake Clinch.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2016, by Dean Moss McCracken of Lakeland, Florida. This page has been viewed 320 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 9, 2016, by Dean Moss McCracken of Lakeland, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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