Historic Markers Across Florida

Willoughby Tillis Battle Monument

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Location: 2nd Street Southeast east of South Church Avenue, Fort Meade, FL
County: Polk
Coordinates: N 27° 45.031    W 081° 47.391
  27.75051666    -81.78985
Style: Carved Stone **
Waymark: WMHAYD


(West face)

A group of United States Army soldiers led by Lt. Carlton engaged the Seminole Indians in what is known as the Willoughby Tillis Battle in this vicinity on June 14-16, 1856. These five men who lost their lives in this engagement are buried here.

(North face)
In memory of
Lt. Alderman Carlton
Lott Whidden
William Parker
June 14, 1856
Robert F. Prine
George Howell
June 16, 1856
and others who were wounded

(East face)

This monument
erected by descendants
Alderman Carlton

Erected 1964 by descendants of Alderman Carlton.