Historic Markers Across Florida

Ft. Armstrong

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Location: On W County 476, west of County 603, Bushnell, FL
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 28° 39.469    W 082° 07.585
  28.65781666    -82.12641666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WMK8KC


During the Second Seminole War (1835-42) a number of military forts were constructed in Florida. These forts served as supply bases and other logistic supports. Near this site was constructed Ft. Armstrong. This fort was constructed in November 1836 by a detachment of Tennessee volunteers under the command of Major Robert Armstrong.

Also, near this site General Keith Call, in command of some 2500 troops, including a Florida cavalry unit, a U.S. artillery battalion, a group of Tennessee volunteers and several hundred Creek Indians, who had enlisted in the U.S. Army, encamped on November 20, 1836. The following morning, this command moved out to meet a large group of Seminole Indians at the Battle of Wahoo Swamp. This battle was one of the fiercest battles of the war. The U.S. forces were unsuccessful in destroying the Seminoles, and as a result, General Call was relieved of his command.

Sumter County Historical Society


More Information:
Wikipedia - Seminole Wars
Florida Center for Instructional Technology - Seminole Wars