Fort Moniac

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Fort Moniac (1838-1842) - A U.S. Army post established in 1838 during the Second Seminole War by Captain Thompson Morris (Cullum 316), and Company A, 2nd U.S. Infantry in Baker County, Florida. Named for Major David Moniac (Cullum 324), Alabama Mounted Creek Volunteers, a Creek Indian and West Point graduate who was killed at the Battle of Yahoo Swamp on 21 Nov 1836. Morris and Moniac were classmates at West Point in the Class of 1822. Abandoned in 1842.


Fort established during the Second Seminole War on 24 Jun 1838 as a small log defense at Hogans Ferry in East Florida. Described as being on the west bank of the north branch of the St. Marys River about a mile from the Florida-Georgia border.

Captain Thompson Morris and Company A, 2nd U.S. Infantry were relieved from duty at Fort Moniac on 1 Dec 1839 and replaced by a company of Florida Volunteers. Newspaper accounts (Niles' National Register, 31 Oct 1840) from this period indicate that after the regular troops left the fort was attacked and burned to the ground by hostile Seminoles. The post was regarrisoned by the 2nd U.S Infantry in January 1840.

Abandoned on 7 Sep 1842.

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Site in Baker County, Florida

Location: Baker County, Florida. Map point is approximate and may not be accurate.

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Lat: 30.5 Long: -82.25

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