Read little-known history in Guns across the Loxahatchee: An archaeohistorical investigation of Seminole War sites in Florida, with special focus on the Battle of Loxahatchee, January 24, 1838 by Richard J. Procyk.
This book is now available on Kindle at half the cost of the print edition, and includes new photographs that are not available in the print copy.
From the back of the book: In this book the author recounts the story of the 42 year struggle (1817-1858) for control of Florida between the U. S. armed forces (both regulars and volunteers) and Red and Black Seminole warriors. Of the three wars fought during this conflict the longest and bloodiest was the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), in which a crucial series of pitched battles culminated in the Battle of Loxahatchee, January 24, 1838. Historians and Archaeologists working as a team have unearthed the site of that battle on the Loxahatchee River in northern Palm Beach County, as well as the location of the subsequent encampment of the Tennessee Volunteers commanded by Major William Lauderdale, near Old Fort Jupiter.
I am honored to call Mr. Procyk a close friend. He’s a wonderful writer, and his book is quite illuminating. The Second Seminole War was, in Richard’s words, the “bloodiest and most costly Indian war in American history.” This topic should be taught in schools, but unfortunately, many people are unaware of what took place on Jupiter’s Loxahatchee Battlefield.
Learn the truth, spread awareness, and in doing so protect an important part of our nation’s history. Also visit the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists website to learn more.
Ask for the book at your local library!