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Fort Cooper State Park


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In 1835, the United States sought to expel Native Americans who were fleeing to Florida Territory in order to avoid forced relocation beyond the Mississippi River.   During this Second Seminole War, the U.S. Army established a temporary outpost for a detachment of sick and wounded soldiers at this site called the Cove of the Withlacoochee in early 1836.  The dense marshy Cove of the Withlacoochee River was a key hideout for Seminole aligned forces.   Lead by Osceola,  the Native Americans quickly brought the makeshift fort under repeated attack.  The intense skirmishes ultimately proved indecisive.  The beleaguered U.S. force was finally relieved by the main body of the U.S. Army under the command of General Winfield Scott.  A reconstructed palisade marks the fort site and a re-enactment of the battles fought here is held each year in March.