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170th Anniversary of Hatchee-Lustee

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This one passed me by a couple days, but it is still worth remembering. On January 26th, 1837, was the battle of Hatchee-Lustee Creek. This was a major battle involving Regulars, Infantry, Artillery, Alabama Militia, Marines, and U.S. Indian allies. Commanding officer of the Marines Col Henderson, and General W.K. Armistead were there. So it was a pretty major U.S. contingent with just about everyone you can think of.

On the Seminole side, was warriors and their families under Jumper, Alligator, and Abraham with the Black Seminoles. So this is the major forces from the Seminole / Miccosukee side.

A few days earlier was a skirmish on the shores of Lake Apopka, where the Army captured several people and black Seminoles, and killed the Chief, Osuchee (Cooper). From here, the Army determined that the Seminoles were headed south down to the Caloosahatchee River. They head towards Lake Tohopekaliga first, another stronghold where the believed the Seminoles were headed. (Lake Toho in Osceola county actually means "fortified place" and is the same name of the village that Jackson destroyed at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in Alabama in 1814.)

The army & marines found a large Seminole village with many cattle on Hatchee-Lustee Creek. Today this is called Reedy Creek, and is near what is now Disney World. After fierce fighting the Americans routed the Seminoles from the area, and those who were not captured disappeared in the cypress. It was a very bad defeat for the Seminoles in central Florida. A large number of cattle and a hundred horses were captured from the Seminoles, along with the loss of all their camp goods, clothing, blankets, and cooking pots. This was a devastating blow for them.

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