| Seminole Wars, 1817-1818, 1835-1842, 1855-1858|
The Seminole Wars were also known as the Florida Wars and were conflicts in Florida between the United State and various groups of Native Americans collectively known as Seminoles.
"Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood it. They suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all, and died."
|Lineage - Through Tristram Dodge of Block Island, Rhode Island
Samuel E. Dodge enlisted in the Third Regiment of Artillery, Company B on 14 November 1833 and was killed 28 December 1835 in a battle known as Dade's Massacre. The Dade Massacre was an action that occurred during the Second Seminole War. On December 23, 1835, 107 U.S. troops under Major Francis Dade departed from Fort Brooke (present-day Tampa) and headed up the King Highway (military road) on a resupply and reinforce mission to Fort King (present-day Ocala). The troops marched for five quiet days until December 28, when they were just south of the present-day city of Bushnell, Florida. They were passing through a high hammock with oaks, pines, cabbage palms, and saw palmetto when a shot rang out. The troops were ambushed by about 180 Seminole Indians. Dade, who was on horseback, was the first to be killed. Many of the soldiers, in two single file lines, were also quickly killed; few managed to get their flintlock rifles from underneath their heavy winter coats. Only 3 Americans purportedly survived the attack. One was killed the next day by a Seminole. Ransome Clarke, although badly wounded made it back to Fort Brooke, where he provided the only narrative from the Army's side of what had occurred. A third soldier also returned to Fort Brooke, but died a few months later without leaving a report of the battle. The dead soldiers were buried at the site. - from Wikipedia on line encyclopedia
Samuel was the son of Ezekiel Dodge and Jane Power.