Ambush at the Caloosahatchee

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22 Jul 1839

1839 - Twenty-four U.S. soldiers were killed in a surprise dawn raid by 250 Seminole Indians on the Caloosahatchee River near present-day Fort Myers. The detachment of 28 soldiers were enroute to Charlotte Harbor to establish a trading post. The attacking force of more than 200 Seminoles were led by Holata Micco (Billy Bowlegs) and Chikika, the last of the Caloosa chiefs.


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