Seminole War Reenacted This Weekend In Bushnell

By  //  January 5, 2014

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continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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In 1835, Indian warriors ambushed U.S. soldiers in a battle that started the Second Seminole War.

Every January, under the oaks of Dade Battlefield State Park, history lovers gather to commemorate the battle that started the Second Seminole War.

The Second Seminole War, also known as the Florida War, was a conflict from 1835 to 1842 in Florida between various groups of Native Americans collectively known as Seminoles and the United States, part of a series of conflicts called the Seminole Wars. The Second Seminole War, often referred to as the Seminole War, was the most expensive Indian War fought by the United States. (Wikipedia.com image)

The Second Seminole War, also known as the Florida War, was a conflict from 1835 to 1842 in Florida between various groups of Native Americans collectively known as Seminoles and the United States, part of a series of conflicts called the Seminole Wars. The Second Seminole War, often referred to as the Seminole War, was the most expensive Indian War fought by the United States. (Wikipedia.com image)

On December 28, 1835, Indian warriors ambushed 108 U.S. soldiers at this site, and only three soldiers survived.

The 80-acre park protects not only a historic battlefield, but also the natural communities as they existed during the war. As you stroll the half-mile trail through pine flatwoods, keep your eyes peeled for gopher tortoises, woodpeckers, songbirds, hawks or indigo snakes.

The amenities of Dade Battlefield include a playground, picnic area with covered shelters and recreation hall.

Osceola, the leader of the Seminole tribes. (Wikipedia image)

Osceola, the leader of the Seminole tribes. (Wikipedia image)

The park’s visitor center provides information and displays about the historic battle, as well as a 12-minute video history of the battle This Land, These Men.

This weekend, that battle is being reenacted at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell. The event, which started yesterday, continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the battle taking place at 2 p.m.

The cost is $5 per person, plus $3 per vehicle for parking.

For more information visit FloridaStateParks.org

BELOW MAP: Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is located at 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, Florida 33513

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