Jay Jennings


One of the least known and seldom chronicled military events in American history in the three-year conflict known as the Third Seminole War. Also labeled the Billy Bowlegs War, this final uprising of the Seminole tribe occurred in South Florida between 1855 and 1858. Few of the military outposts established during the war remain; the enduring legacy of most is a roadside marker or street sign. Thirty miles east of Fort Myers-one of the placenames that lives on-is a small swing-span bridge memorializing Fort Denaud, beside which is a plaque marking the spot of a forgotten military installation that played a key role in United State Army's operations during the Third Seminole War.