Battle of Micanopy
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N 29° 30.155 W 082° 16.181
17R E 376930 N 3264340
Quick Description: Located at the Micanopy Native American Heritage Preserve
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 5/3/2018 8:54:25 PM
Waymark Code: WMY771
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
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Long Description:
The Battle of Micanopy
The Battle of Micanopy took place on the morning of June 9, 1836. Seventy-five troops under the command of Major J.F. Heileman engaged a larger Seminole force headed by Osceola, numbering about 250 warriors. Two units-one mounted, the other foot artillery-departed Fort Defiance (the fortified village of Micanopy) to meet the Seminoles. In a classic pincer movement, troops engaged Osceola's left and right flanks while an artillery unit deployed a cannon at the center. The battle also featured a surprise attack on the Seminole's rear flank.
After one hour and twenty minutes, the Seminole retreated. The Army suffered one death and several wounded while Native American losses are unknown. Heileman was breveted to Lt. Colonel by order of President Andrew Jackson, but died of malaria shortly thereafter. The battle boosted Army morale during then opening of the Second Seminole War, a period overshadowed by a series of military reverses. National newspapers were rife with stories of bravery and tactical success.

"The repulse of the Indians at Micanopy," noted the Army & Navy Chronicle, "has dispelled the gloom that was pressing upon our arms" and merited "praise upon the gallant & the brave."

Historical Context
Following the withdrawal of most of General Winfield Scott's "grand army" of 5,000 troops one month prior to the battle, all garrisons in the East Florida interior were suddenly vulnerable to attack. The victory at Micanopy thus served to rally the troops in the face of significant hardships, which also included a virulent malaria epidemic. Although this feat proved short lived, the engagement did indeed mark the first time during the campaign when the Army notably without the presence of imperious generals truly met the country's expectations of heroism under fire.
Marker Number: None

Date: 2017

County: Alachua

Marker Type: Roadside

Sponsored or placed by: Micanopy Trust for Historical Forts and Battlefields, Town of Micanopy, Gulf Archaeology Research Institute, Crystal River, FL, Micanopy Historical Society, Micanopy Chamber of Commerce, Nichols Lumber Company, Dunnellon, FL, Sandpiper Sign & Screen Print

Website: Not listed

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