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Title Capt. Dade and all his officers and men were murdered on the 18th Dec. 1835 about 15 miles from the Withlacoochee battleground... [manuscript]: Fort Drane, E.F.: dispatch, 1836 Jan. 22
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Dispatch (probably issued by order of 4th Regiment commander Col. Duncan Lamont Clinch) sent from Fort Drane, East Florida, Jan. 22, 1836, reporting the massacre of Capt. Dade and his men on Dec. 28, 1835. Document lists officers killed (Dade, George Washington Gardiner, Upton Sinclair Frosier, Robert Rich Mudge, Richard Henderson, William Elon Basinger, John Slade) and describes how news of the attack reached Fort Drane.
Names Dade, Francis Langhorne (c.1793-1835); Clinch, Duncan Lamont (1787-1849)
Places Fort Drane, Fort Brooke, Tampa, Fort King, Ocala, Florida, United States
Keywords Second Seminole War, Dade Massacre, war, army, attack, massacre
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southeast
Additional Information During the Seminole War in December, 1835, Capt. Francis Langhorne Dade of the 4th U.S. infantry commanded an expedition of 118 men, including artillery, sent from Fort Brooke (Tampa) to reinforce Fort King (near Ocala), Florida. En route, the force was ambushed by a party of Seminole Indians near the Withlacoochee River. Only three men survived the attack and two made it to Fort Brooke with the news.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 210
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue