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History of The Dade Battlefield

The Seminole resistance to removal to a reservation brought about the Second Seminole War. It started on December 28,1835, when a column of 107 soldiers led by Major Dade were ambushed by the Seminole warriors at the Dade Battle in Sumter County, Florida.

"Have a good heart; our difficulties and dangers are over now, and as soon as we arrive at Fort King you'll have three days to rest and keep Christmas gaily." Major Francis L. Dade spoke these words of encouragement to 107 cold, tired soldiers in a pine forest on the morning of December 28, 1835. Within eight hours, only three soldiers would survive the battle that marked the beginning of the Second Seminole War.

Halpatter Tustenuggee (Alligator, as the white man called him): "We had been preparing for this more than a year... Just as the day was breaking, we moved out of the swamp into the pine-barren. I counted, by direction of Jumper, one hundred and eighty warriors. Upon approaching the road, each man chose his position on the west side... About nine o'clock in the morning the command approached... So soon as all the soldiers were opposite... Jumper gave the whoop, Micanopy fired the first rifle, the signal agreed upon, when every indian arose and fired, which laid upon the ground, dead, more than half the white men. The cannon was discharged several times, but the men who loaded it were shot down as soon as the smoke cleared away... As we were returning to the swamp supposing all were dead, an indian came up and said the white men were building a fort of logs. Jumper and myself, with ten warriors, returned. As we approached, we saw six men behind two logs placed one above another, with the cannon a short distance off... We soon came near, as the balls went over us. They had guns, but no powder, we looked in the boxes afterwards and found they were empty"

 
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Next Reenactment:

Dade's Battle the first full weekend in January; - January 3rd & 4th, 2015.

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If you didn't get to see the event check out this link to YouTube showing the 2013 reenactment, compliments of Our Florida TV, for a brief glimpse: http://youtu.be/mmVl-lvde6E

Reenactors please go to the reenactors' page and read the FPS Historic Weapons Event Information

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WWII Allied/Axis Skirmish the first full weekend in March; - March 7th & 8th, 2015

For further information call the park at 352-793-4781 or send an email to: worldwar2@dadebattlefield.com, reenactment@dadebattlefield.com

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Other Events:-

Park Events Schedule

3rd Annual Pioneer Day Camp:- June 9th-13th 2014 Brochure and registration form.

Nature Day Camp:- July 14th-18th 2014 Brochure and registration form.

 

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