Seminole Indian War Sites
Some used during the American Civil War
 

Seminole Indian War Sites has been included here because Confederate and Union soldiers later used some as camp and fortification sites during the War Between the States. Though they are in no way connected to Australia or New Zealand, they are a part of that period of history and as such many are now protected and preserved.

It was with such sites that James Gray began his years of research in Florida, not only locating many unknown sites, but also documenting and recording many of them with the office of the Division of Archives and History in the State of Florida.

 

Needing credibility with private property owners on whose land many such sites were found, because many treasure hunters operated under the guise of preservation for personal gain, destroying not only history but the property owners land, he created the Florida Historical Research Foundation, acquired the support of Florida’s state archaeologists and the Secretary of State, Mr. Bruce Smathers, who officially authorised him to use the original Florida State Seal as their logo.

Being recognized by state officials allowed the foundation to approach property owners, who could then validate their work and claim of preservation before allowing a search of their property. As a result many lost sites were rediscovered, completely mapped and state authorised records filed revealing their location and existence; preserving some for future state parks.

Through working closely with Florida State officials like Mr. Ross Morrell,(head of the Division of Archives and History), Mrs. Catherine Jones, (Archaeologist and Master Site File Coordinator), Mr. Henry Baker, (State Archaeologist), Mr. Rodney Little, (Florida Historic Preservationist), Mr. Bumps, (head of the Florida State Archaeological Preservation Laboratory) and others, the Florida Historical Research Foundation was able to save a large portion of Florida’s lost history. In addition to the state having detailed maps and reports on each site found and recorded, property owners became aware of the importance of sites on their respective properties and took steps to protect them.

Mr. Gray and foundation members worked with Mr. Henry Baker, Florida State Archaeologist, on the Fort Alabama/Fort Foster project, the Fort Brooke project and others.

The following examples are but a few of the many sites discovered, worked, mapped and recorded by Mr. Gray and others.

 

 

Fortifications:

Fort Chockanickla

Site location map

 

Fort Clinch

Frostproof

   

On the Santa Fe River

 

Fort Crawford

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Fort Cummings

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Fort Dade

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Fort Downing

Florida Master Site File - 1

   

Florida Master Site File - 2

   

Florida Master Site File - 3

   

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Fort Drane

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Fort Hamner

Florida Master Site File - 1

   

Florida Master Site File - 2

   

Florida Master Site File - 3

 

Fort Harlle

Florida Master Site File - 1

   

Florida Master Site File - 2

   

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Fort Harrell

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Fort Holmes

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Fort Itchapuckassa / Sullivan

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Fort Jennings

Florida Master Site File - 1

   

Florida Master Site File - 2

   

Florida Master Site File - 3

   

Florida Master Site File - 4

   

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Fort McClure

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Fort Moore

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Fort Sharrad

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Fort Waccasassa

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Fort Wheelock

Florida Master Site File - 1

   

Florida Master Site File - 2

   

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Fort Thonotosassa - Blockhouse

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Fort Thonotosassa - Cannon Ball Site

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Gov. Drew’s Mansion & Slave Ruins

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Gunboat Island

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Measles, Lost Town of

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Scottish Chief, Confederate shipwreck

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DuMazuel's Lake City Tombs of Petrified People

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The artifact photos below are examples of Seminole/Civil War sites.

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