Historic Markers Across Florida

Battle Of Wahoo Swamp

Marker ID: FLHM F-283
Location: West of Bushnell on S.R. 48, vicinity of Wahoo.
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 28° 41.838    W 082° 12.962
  28.6973    -82.21603333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


The Battle of Wahoo Swamp occurred near here on November 21, 1836. The 2nd Seminole War, a seven-year struggle resulting from competition between Seminole Indians and white settlers over central Florida lands, had begun almost a year earlier. By November, 1836, Indian forces had concentrated in Wahoo Swamp to oppose General (and Territorial Governor) R.K. Call´s pursuing army. The attack of November 21 began with the advance of a mil-long line of about 2500 men including Tennessee Volunteers, regular army artillery and officers, Florida militiamen, and several hundred Creek Indians. In the fierce engagement fought from tree to tree in mud and water, American troops pushed the Seminoles across the slough south of this marker. The Indians´ return fire resulted in the death of Major David Moniac, a Creek regular army officer who led a bold attack across the swamp. Near nightfall, army commanders decided not to pursue the Indians further due to the seemingly impassable terrain and to the lack of supplies. Army casualties were low; the number of Indian losses remains unknown. The Seminoles withdrew southward, but the 2nd Seminole War continued until 1842.

Sponsors: sponsored by Sumter County Historical Society in cooperation with Department of State


City: Bushnell, FL More Information:
Wikipedia - Seminole Wars
Florida Center for Instructional Technology - Seminole Wars