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Battle of Wahoo Swamp
Part of Second Seminole War
Seminole War in Everglades.jpg
United States Marines searching for the Indians during the Seminole War.
DateNovember 21, 1836
LocationSumter County, Florida
28°41′23.64″N 82°13′22.26″W / 28.6899°N 82.22285°W / 28.6899; -82.22285Coordinates: 28°41′23.64″N 82°13′22.26″W / 28.6899°N 82.22285°W / 28.6899; -82.22285
Result Seminole victory, Americans retreat.
Belligerents
 United States Seminole
Commanders and leaders
Richard K. Call Osuchee
Yaholooche
Strength
2,500 unknown


The Battle of Wahoo Swamp was fought during the Second Seminole War. An army of militia, Tennessee volunteers, Creek mercenaries and United States Marines and Army Soldiers led by Florida Governor, General Richard K. Call, encountered Seminole forces led by chiefs Osuchee and Yaholooche in Wahoo Swamp.

Battle

General Call waited to bring his other column across the river, then entered the Wahoo Swamp on November 21, 1836. The Seminoles resisted the advance in the Battle of Wahoo Swamp, as their families were close by, but had to retreat across the stream. Major David Moniac, a mix-blooded Creek who was the first Native American to graduate from West Point, tried to determine how deep the stream was, but was shot and killed by the Seminoles. Faced with trying to cross a stream of unknown depth under hostile fire, and with supplies again running short, Call withdrew and led his men to Volusia.

On December 9 Call was relieved of command and replaced by Major General Thomas Jesup, who took the troops back to Fort Brooke. The enlistments of the volunteers were up at the end of December and they went home. Call's army gradually pushed the Seminoles back through the swampy marsh. The Seminoles retreated south by nightfall and Call chose not to pursue due to difficult terrain.

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