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Fort Cummings
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 28° 05.439 W 081° 43.784
17R E 428310 N 3107459
Quick Description: Located in downtown Lake Alfred.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 1/2/2015 7:21:41 PM
Waymark Code: WMN66D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 9

Long Description:
Approximately 1 1/2 miles west of here near the shore of Lake Alfred is the site of Fort Cummings. Named for Col. Alexander Cummings of the Fourth Infantry. Established January 22, 1839 and occupied by detachments of the First and Second Infantry and the Third Artillery.
Part of the line of forts set up in central Florida to protect the route from Fort Brooke, Tampa to Fort Mellon, Sanford.
One of the dramatic events of the year occurred here when Coacoochee or Wildcat appeared at the fort attired in the full regalia of a member of a Shakesperian cast. The year before, in 1840, Wildcat an his band attacked a theatrical group between Picolata and St. Augustine and after killing the men of the party escaped with the costumes belonging to the troupe. These, he and his band wore as they approached the fort and created an effect on the spectators.
Marker Number: None

Date: None

County: Polk

Marker Type: Roadside

Sponsored or placed by: The Polk County Historical Commission

Website: Not listed

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