Decapitation of Uchee Billy

The taking of Uchee Billy’s head during the Second Seminole War by Dale Cox Uchee Billy (Yuchi Tustenuggee) as an important Native American leader of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, ranked only behind Osceola in newspaper mentions from the first year of the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). He breathed his last in a […]

The Tampa Chimpanzee Terror of 1926

Ape terrorizes Tampa community, defeats police in pitched battle! by Dale Cox Long before the first reports of a “skunk ape” in the swamps of Florida, an animal that police identified as a chimpanzee – “grotesquely walking upright” – terrorized a Tampa neighborhood. It was 1926, and the sightings took place on North Albany Avenue […]

Gulf State Park named Alabama’s Top Attraction

Coastal park emerges as major destination! by Dale Cox Hurricane damage from recent years is a thing of the past at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama! The Alabama Tourism Department has named the coastal park Alabama’s Attraction of the Year for 2019. A massive revitalization – including the opening of The Lodge at […]

Apache Graves in the Azalea City

Geronimo’s son and others buried in Mobile, Alabama by Dale Cox The long exile of the Apache from their homes in the mountains on the border between Mexico and the United States is one of history’s most tragic episodes. Geronimo (Goyahkla) and fewer than 30 warriors inspired the enmity of the United States by battling […]

Creek, Seminole & Miccosukee chiefs at the Battle of New Orleans

Eyewitnesses to Disaster by Dale Cox British military commanders expected their Gulf Coast Campaign to be a crowning achievement of the War of 1812. The objective, pure and simple, was conquest. Treaty negotiations with the Americans were underway in Ghent, Belgium, and the King’s diplomats expected the anticipated peace would include an agreement that each […]

New Year’s greetings of iron at New Orleans

U.S. and British gunners battle it out on January 1, 1815 by Dale Cox The story of the Battle of New Orleans is immortalized in legend, book, and song. An entire generation of Americans grew up singing the lyrics of Johnny Horton’s 1959 #1 hit – when they weren’t wearing their Davy Crockett coonskin caps […]

A Second Seminole War

Explosion on the Florida Frontier by Dale Cox December 1835 brought the event that frontier settlers of Florida most feared and yet helped cause: a new Seminole war. To be fair, in the minds of the Seminole, Miccosukee, and Maroon (black Seminole) people, the previous conflict never ended. In fact, many Native Americans view the […]

Return to Dade Battlefield

Burying the men of Dade’s Command by Dale Cox The dead from the bloodiest U.S. defeat of the Seminole Wars lay unburied on the Dade Battlefield for nearly two months. It took that long for the military to organize a force large enough to penetrate to the site of the battle. Dade and all but […]

“Flogged them with their cow-whips”

Did Alachua County incident cause the Second Seminole War? by Dale Cox Brevet Maj. Francis L. Dade led his column of U.S. troops north on the Fort King Road 183 years ago today, marching away from the Hillsborough River and into the wilderness. He and his men met their destiny two days later at what […]

A Hero Dies in Obscurity

The Death of Capt. George Peters at Fort Gadsden, Florida by Dale Cox Few people stop to read the name George Peters on a cemetery monument at Historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort, Alabama. No one is even really sure if he is buried there. His remains might still rest in the sandy soil […]